It’s fun to be a child. Apart from not shouldering any responsibilities apart from doing your homework and finishing your meal, one is virtually free to dream and explore! Ask a child about what he’d want to be in future and he’d tell you what he’s passionate about or what he has admired about his mentors particularly his family. The issue of how well the profession pays doesn’t come into play. Obviously, his innocent mind cannot fathom the significance of how lucrative a job should be. All he cares about is that he likes it and would enjoy it.
But growing up and running this tough race called life has proven to be quite successful in making people lose interest in passion and keep them chasing after money. People who had big dreams of being the next best singer, actor, athlete, painter, designer now find themselves trapped behind desks, stuck in cubicles with almost no one to talk to but their monitors and it’s the poor keyboard which suffers from the fingers of the frustrated soul.
Life without passion is a joyless and struggling existence. Only a few people get to live out their dreams and get paid for it and sometimes you can’t help but feel a little envious and wishing it were you. But it’s not too late to relive the childlike dreams you had and go gaga about it!
I’m not saying quit your job to follow your passion (although some people have dared to and it worked for them) but nothing stops you from enriching your life with what you used to enjoy doing during your younger days. Don’t allow the stress of this life to kill your drive for passion. Whatever talent you may have was bestowed on you for a reason. It’s better late than never when it comes to serving the world with what you can do and also to happy yourself.
Start teaching, singing, writing, volunteering, painting, designing, building, sewing, cooking…whatever it is that gives you satisfaction. It doesn’t matter if your primetime has long passed. You can still influence and encourage someone with your choice not to give up on yourself and your gifts to become resilient with his dreams as well.
Don’t let the deadlines to pay your bills, tuition fees, mortgage, loan debts bore you to kill the spark in you. Find exciting to do and go gaga with it! You’ll find yourself de-stressed and livelier. Your brain would be able to process new ideas on how to deal with your present situation.
Work your heart out but don’t forget to enjoy life as well. You only live once.
Josephine Amoako © 2016