Finding the balance between our passions and our responsibilities:
Do you remember the first time someone asked you the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether it was a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle begging the question, the words “What do you want to be when you grow up,” are arguably some of the most significant ones we hear as we grow up through the years. And, while a significant majority of us do not grow up to become the artists, musicians, or magicians that our younger selves envisioned we would become, that doesn’t mean we cannot pursue the dreams of our past while developing the careers of present and future.
The battle between pursuing our passions and pursuing the careers that set us up to be financially stable is a lifelong one. Sure, you probably didn’t answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” with the answer, “I want to work in information technology.” But, straying from the path of your passions doesn’t mean that the path has to be lost completely.
As difficult as it may seem to choose between pursuing your dreams and ensuring that you have the means to fulfill your financial responsibilities, it is perhaps more helpful not to perceive the two paths as mutually exclusive, but as two paths that can successfully coexist.
Certainly, going through the proverbial “daily grind” is often not as instantaneously fulfilling as we would ideally like it to be. While our careers allow us the means to pay the bills, provide for our families and live comfortably, it is not uncommon for them to leave us feeling unsatisfied. Though the stresses of life can be great and the responsibility of having loved ones to care and provide for has the capability of generating great pressure to always pursue the career path that has the highest financial incentives, so too is it important not to forget the passions of our past and how we can incorporate them into our future.
Be it painting or brewing homemade beer, taking photos or hiking in the mountains, there is always time to make room for what you are passionate about. No matter how pressing it may seem to do yard work or get caught up on laundry on our weekends off, it is integral to remember take time to just sit back, relax, and enjoy life. As hard as we work to make ends meet and provide for our families and ourselves, we cannot be the employees, mothers, fathers, and selves that we were meant to be without taking time to revisit our passions.
Taking time to unplug from our work lives and reset our passions allows us not only to be happier and healthier, but in turn more inspired and fired up in our day-to-day lives. So, get off the computer. Log out of your work email. Get outside. Stay passionate. And don’t forget: there is no age limit on pursuing your dreams.