“There is no passion to be found in playing small- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living,” a word from Nelson Mandela. I’ve spent my whole life writing. I wrote in my journals and for my classes and for other people. Writing is a thing that I’ve undoubtedly always been passionate about. Until just recently, I never thought that my writing really meant much. I always knew I was good, I knew that people showered my work with compliments, completely in awe whenever they read it, or I read it for them.
When I went to college, I originally majored in chemistry. I figured I could always write on the side without a degree, so I went with what I liked and where the money would be. By the end of my second chemistry class, I was MISERABLE! I almost had enough credits to start my junior year, and I decided to essentially start over. I changed my major to English; my school didn’t offer courses in creative writing, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do, but I settled. One semester later, I was back in the same predicament, MISERABLE! So I figured I’d take a semester off, and try again in the spring; the third time was definitely a charm for me. I decided to drop out and try to find a path outside of school.
I got a job, started participating in open mic performances, finished writing my first book, got an apartment, things were going well for me. I wasn’t miserable at every turn anymore; not until I decided to focus on a career and put my writing aside again. This isn’t meant to be a life story, but this is my testament. It took a lot of praying, so many sacrifices, trial and error, and a whole lot of doing things wrong, but when I finally decided to follow my passion, I found true pleasure, true happiness. I’m not at all saying that this is the easy path, but it’s been the most rewarding.
I’ve lived a short life, but God gave me a gift that has not only empowered me, but so many other people. We all have a gift, a fire that burns inside of us regardless of how much we try to put it out; we’re all passionate about something. Every move isn’t about the money. We so often hear so many stories of people coming from nowhere, sleeping in their cars, no job, no money, just following the light that their little fires created. When you work in passion, everything else falls into place.
This week, let’s focus on getting back into those things that we’re passionate about. Let’s try to take out some time to pray and focus and study on our passions. Sometimes, the best move you can make is a move based in faith; faith without action is dead. Allow yourself to indulge in those little things that really ignite your fire. “You have to be burning with an idea , or a problem… If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” (Steve Jobs)
If you take nothing else from this, take this and hold it tightly: “Whatever you do, do it with passion and everything else will come to you.” Have a great day, a great week, a great month, and a great time burning that fire.