Do what you love
I’ve been putting off on this post for awhile, but it is something that has been on my mind, alot as of late. Time waits for no man (or woman) and we slowly but surely we age. Some of us, we have it all figured out, we know what we want to be, we know how to seek it, and we go and grab it. It’s easy to pick something where it makes alot of money. That’s plain and simple. We all want to make money. We all want to be rich. We all want to not work and get paid. It’s simple to settle for a job that makes alot of money. But the thing about that is, is it really something you want to do? I mean is it worth being a doctor, if you hate hospitals, is it worth it to an accountant if you hate math, is it worth it to be a football player, if you hate sports? The thing about people is that some of us, we settle for the easy things because it’s what were taught to do. They told us that the plan was to grow up, get a good job, start a family, and then die. But why would you do something if you did not love it? Because of money? All the money in the world, would that make you happy? Realistically would you love your life if you were making a 100k a year, and doing something you don’t like? That’s just plain stupid. I think you really have to do the thing that you love. If you love art, then go paint. If you love photography, be a photographer. It’s about doing the things in life you’re passionate about. What is the point of living life if you’re doing something you don’t love? Wouldn’t you rather live a happy life than a stressful life. I get we all need money but if I were to die in five years and all I did was something I didn’t like doing, would my life have been well spent?
And that leads to my next question. What do I really want to do?
I thought long and hard, and there is so many things I want to do in life. It would be simple to settle for that job that would pay me well, but do I really want to sit in an office all day, making cold calls to people who don’t want anything. I think what I’m really passionate about in life is being a creator. Whether it be a picture, a video, or a magazine ad, I’ve always liked the creating part of something. The reason why I chose to be an advertising major is because I wanted to create ads, I wanted to storyboard, I wanted to be on set directing a commercial, I wanted to be the creator, the idea guy, I wanted that. Slowly I have learn though, the advertising world, is not that. The advertising world is about making cold calls, making sales, and more about marketing and business than being creative.
So now what?
I’m grinding. I’m working as a server and living mostly off tips. But can I say that I actually like doing what I’m doing? Yes. I make decent money, working with people I like, with a boss that not only I respect, but respects me back. They feed me, and they give me time to work on me. I’m not saying that this is the end point but for a long time I was like, “I got to get out of here”, “I can’t just be a server”. In my mind yes, I still have those thoughts and it’s definitely not what I want to be for the rest of my life, but I’ve learn to be okay with where I’m at right now. If I didn’t have this job, I’d be back home, living with my parents, and not being able to live my own life. I know this moment right now is a struggle, and it’s nowhere where I wanted to be, but I’m pushing forward. I’m saving money, paying off loans, and I’m living MY life. Alot of the times it’s safe to say that I’m doing these things because of my family, and yes they are the number one reason for everything that I do in my life, and yes it would be so simple to live at home, work somewhere down there, and save and make more money. But I have to do this for me, I have to learn how to survive on my own, and I have to prove to not only them, but to me, that yes I can make it.
The message here really is to not be afraid of doing what you love. Yes you might think that you’re not where you wanted to be, but as long as you don’t quit, as long as you don’t give up, you will never stop getting better. Opportunity, possibility, adventure, it’s out there. Don’t think you are worthless for trying to make your dreams come true. I rather fail a 100 times than give up one time.
So this is a message to me from me. You have not given up, you are strongly still working towards your goal, and if at this time all you are doing is making money, creating memories, and enjoying life with minimal stress, then so be it. I want to be happy if I die tomorrow. I want that to be my mindset for life, to never be unhappy with what I’m doing in life, and to love everything I do.
Be passionate, be loving, be happy.