Creating a Balance Between Doing What You Love and Necessity
The significance of having a passion and love for your job to reach your goals in life is understated. Still, it would be best if you never allowed it to take precedence over other responsibilities.
I’ve always maintained that you should pursue activities that make you happy, bring joy and fulfillment to your life. For me, it’s writing, reading, and learning about things that pique my creative interest — and then doing so all down on my computer. However, I’ve also stated that to survive; we need food and water. If your interests aren’t providing enough for you — or if they’re not meeting your expectations — you should settle for something that will do so.
Nowadays, many people are spending their time doing what they love or want to make themselves happy (or more fulfilled), only to return home and work at a bar or restaurant to secure a livelihood.
It’s not simple or straightforward, even for those who take their hobby seriously and wish to do it all day if they could.
However, when you’re just getting started with your passions — or trying to build momentum over time — you’ll have a hard time earning money from what you love because there are so many other things competing against you: the passion among the same passionate people; limited skills and support networks; sheer numbers (in this case meaning too few jobs), to say a few.
The problem becomes even more difficult when no financial safety net is in place. It’s like being hungry and thirsty all the time while also having to choose between doing what you love and surviving.
The problem is, I believe we should work on both paths: pursuing passions while also focusing on necessities such as food and water, eking out a percentage of time for things that feed our souls — and then finding ways to make them more sustainable (volunteering/freelancing).
But still, be aware of where your passion lies when building security in this world. There’s no point in loving something if you’re never going to get paid for using it. There has to be some level at which one can say they’ve found their “sweet spot” or balance of necessity versus doing what they love — which may change over time.
If you find yourself doing what you have to, but not what matters most to you, I believe it’s time to explore a second road.
“When we’re pursuing our heart’s work, we’re never wasting our time.”
Don’t misunderstand me; I’m always telling people to do what makes them happy and fulfilled! But don’t forget to eat or drink. There has to be some balance between necessity and doing what feeds our soul. If we’re all doing things we love yet still battle with such essentials as having enough money for rent/food and water, maybe it’s time to consider saying “pass” and then finding a new route.
As the late Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
The more we pursue our passions — the closer we’ll come to find what you love. If it’s in your soul and makes a positive difference in the world, then pursuing it is something worth doing. And if not? Take a “pass” and explore another route that will nourish your soul.
So while it might be harder to balance a day job and pursue your passion, you shouldn’t let the circumstances stop you. I’m not going to mislead you and tell you that it’s always simple to do what you love, but when we’re pursuing our heart’s work, we’re never wasting our time.