I saw a tweet by somebody on Twitter the other day which made me actually think deep about what is meant by “Follow Your Passion” – I’m simply going to rephrase the tweet: “People think that some of us who are in Universities studying trying to get our degrees, we’re not following our passion.” And then a comment underneath that said “it’s easy for them to say that because they are models, actors, musicians, etc.” And that actually got me thinking, ‘what is passion?’
“I like to use the word passion interchangeably with words like determination, conviction and love. Passion is a strong desire that can get you to do amazing things. Passion is an emotion to be acted upon… It is the fuel in the fire of action. When you have passion for some thing, you love it even when you hate it”
(This is a quote I stumbled upon🔝)
This is what I actually think passion is about… turning your passion in to a profession. Hence the familiar phrase: If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Being passionate about something is to love doing that particular thing. You feel more lively, enthusiastic, more energetic, and generally just happy when doing it.
Let’s take for example a person who loves skateboarding. I once tried it and fell off my butt and busted my elbow. Till to this day I hate skateboards, although I am fascinated by professional skateboarders, I don’t see myself being on top of a skateboard EVER AGAIN! However, a person who’s passionate about this sport doesn’t mind the injuries and risks associated with it. Injury after injury they just want to see themselves at the skateboard park, skating. And some of them have turned that passion in to a profession. One individual that comes to mind is pro skater, Tony Hawk. He is considered as one of the pioneers of modern day skateboarding. He has been skateboarding ever since he was young and now considered a legend, he has a net worth of $120m. I can bet you now that when he initially started, he went through a lot of physical injuries but that didn’t stop him because he was passionate about skateboarding.
Some people genuinely have passion for teaching, being in a police force, nursing or whatever profession because it’s what they love to do. If sewing is what you love to do then by all means do that and find a way to make money out of it. My grandmother loved sewing she actually turned that as a side business. Sometimes I wonder how far she would’ve gotten had she pursued it professionally – she probably could’ve been a fashion designer because I remember when I was young I used to wear clothes that she sewed and after church she would showcase the clothes to potential customers.
So I think it’s actually false to say that the “follow your passion” statement only applies to actors, models, singers, etc. If you’re in University gunning for that qualification to be a prominent public figure, then by all means if it is something that you’ve always wanted to do, goal for it* (go for it)
Each person has their own definition of what is meant by “follow your passion.” I think however, we can all come to a conclusion that if you’re passionate about something, it should be something that makes you happy and can hopefully turn that passion in to a paycheck.
I would like to also hear what is your definition of “follow your passion.” Kindly have your say on the comment section below. Thanks