There are some things that we do in life that fill us with joy. We could spend hours doing them and yet feel refreshed and inspired at the end. These are the things that we are passionate about.
In an ideal world, we should be able to pursue our dreams and passions and make it our life’s work. In the real world, more often than not, we end up making the socially accepted “practical” choice. I have ‘been there, done that’.
I pursued my MBA in Finance and a career in Equity Research – a field that I was good at, but did not really care about. I have always loved to read, and was passionate about writing. The only problem was that it did not fit in the socially accepted norm as a career choice in India. So, I never gave it a serious thought as a profession. It got the prized recognition of being my hobby.
Only recently, when I started to blog as a creative outlet, did I realize how much I enjoy writing. Writing has altered the lens through which I view myself, and continues to challenge how I have defined myself all these years. But the sheer joy that it brings me is worth every single battle with perception, self doubt, and status quo.
Follow your dreams, and let them guide the path. Even if the destination looks uncertain at this point, the journey will be worth it.
Let me leave you with some excerpts out of my favorite poem – Comfort Zone.
I used to have a Comfort Zone
Where I knew I couldn’t fail,
The same four walls of busy work
Were really more like jail.
I claimed to be so busy
With the things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for
Something special of my own.
If you are in a comfort zone
Afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners
Were at one time filled with doubt.
I would love to hear from you. What is the one thing that you are passionate about? If you could do absolutely anything, what would you want to make your life’s work?
This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.
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