Why Making Time For Your Passions In Life Are Important
November 30, 2018
What is it that you’re passionate about? Are you making time for it? Here is why making time for your passions in life are important.
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First, I wanted to share my story of how I rediscovered my passion for writing and how it has had an impact in my life. I think this can be helpful if you’re just starting to ask yourself the questions above.
I have been writing ever since I can remember. I’ve always kept a journal and even as child I used to write poems, lyrics, letters, and stories. It was a way for me to express myself when I couldn’t say the words.
I used to write letters to my mom just to tell her I was thankful and that I loved her…just in case I didn’t say it enough, at least it was on paper.
Growing older, I slowly lost touch with my love for writing. After high school there’s so much pressure to go to the right school, find a good job, make a lot of money, build a “successful life.”
I chose a career in the medical field because I thought it was my road to success. But after about 6 years of constant stress, I realized my idea of a dream job needed to change.
I hit my breaking point when I was working in a pediatrician’s office. I was having to poke babies all day, everyday to give them their shots or hold them down for throat swabs. In other words, I felt like such a horrible person! I just couldn’t do it anymore, I wanted to help the kids not make them cry.
I believe it takes special people to do that job, we should be grateful for them. It just wasn’t the job for me.
When I decided to go back to school and make a career change it was one of the scariest things because I felt behind in the “building a successful life” scenario. I felt lost in life, while everyone around me had these great jobs.
While in school, I was able to take the time to learn more about myself and what made me happy. I had hobbies again and felt I was making changes for the better. If I could take a leap of faith to leave my “forever” job, what else could I lose??
I decided to finally listen to my mom and look into a career in writing. This is when I started making time for my passions in life. The moment I picked up a pen or started typing on my laptop I was in heaven. Slowly things started coming back to me and I wanted to be doing more with my writing! That’s when I started freelancing and fast forward to this blog.
Writing is my passion. It is what I know I am truly meant to do because it lights up my soul and gives me motivation to strive for more in life.
That’s why I believe it is important for us to make time for our passions.
Had I not left my medical job, gone back to school, or taken my mom and Eric’s advice to just go for it, I would never be where I am today.
Now that’s not to say things have gone smoothly or I have this really successful career because I am still just starting out. But I’m happy. And me being happy affects so many other things in my life. From my relationship with my husband, my parents, family, friends, and anyone else I come into contact with.
I want to spread that happiness to others and for you to know that it’s ok to search for what makes you happy. Sometimes we’re so afraid of the unknown that it keeps us from the freedom of getting to know ourselves and what passions in life can truly make our heart sing.
For you, it may not be a career change but something you like to do on the side and just can’t seem to find the time for it. Hobbies are passions too! Everyone is different and that’s a good thing.
If you’re passionate about reading, go out and read more books! You’re an amazing artist, find some time to draw or paint more. Our priorities are what we make time for.
Of course we have our daily responsibilities, many people are parents with little ones to care for, there’s work to rush off to, and bills to be paid. But you will be surprised how much better you will feel when you just squeeze at least 10 minutes a day or a week for the thing or things that you are passionate about.
It’s time we break the mold of what life “should be.”
I hope this brings you some inspiration and to know that if you feel a little lost in life, you are not alone. Your challenge is to ask yourself the question:
What am I passionate about?
Write it down and then put it into action. See if it makes a difference in how you feel.
Let me know how it goes in the comments below! There’s no better time than now to start building a better relationship with yourself.