Why Follow Your Passion?

21 Nov Why Follow Your Passion?

Lately, I’ve thought about why we follow our passions. It’s incredibly easy to become distracted by our work, our bills, and our responsibilities. Life pushes you in directions you would have never guessed and that’s not always a bad thing. A combination of stubbornness and choosing your moments for when to lean into the flow of life will help you find your place in the world. But if your work, bills, and responsibilities are not lining up with your passion, then I suggest that you make a life change. Maybe I’m just impatient but it seems like each day I’m further and further from living out my dream. It’s not just my impatience but it’s also my distractions. I forget to write, I forget to study my craft, and when I get down – I forget to laugh. Life is about enjoying each moment, laughing, and surrounding yourself with loved ones.

I truly believe through hard work and persistence, we can all achieve what we’d like. I know the more that I write, the more that I laugh, and the more that I read, the closer I get to becoming the man I want to be. I’ve written it in posts before but I want to quickly reiterate why I’ve fallen in love with this art form. I’ve listened to music, read books, and been infatuated with stories ever since I was a child. The way that stories change my perception of the world and the emotions that they bring to me is unmatched. I strongly believe in this quote from George R.R. Martin’s, A Dance With Dragons: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

I’ve found solace in games, music, TV, movies, and books ever since I was young. When I’m stressed out or worried, nothing takes me to another world better than a great story. No matter the medium, I fall in love when I hear the perfect song lyrics or I watch a fascinating story brought to life on TV. A good story can help me to better understand myself and others. It can help me to feel genuinely carefree and happy. That’s why I’ve chosen to follow my passion. There will be others who love this craft, others who want to take that leap and choose genuine happiness, and others who want to follow their dreams. I want to influence all people to follow love and pursue their interests, not the money. There’s a reason you love a good story. I’m telling myself right now to make this happen and I encourage you, whoever’s reading this, to create your own story too.

Tell your story. Make your path. Life’s about the people you touch and the memories you create. I spent so much time thinking about how to make money and how to become successful that I forgot to define what success meant to me. But the more I thought about it, success meant nothing more than my own happiness. And because my happiness is directly correlated with the happiness of others around me, it’s about working each and every day to make everybody around you smile. Whether it’s a story that serves as a lesson or a joke that serves as a distraction, I’ve never been more proud to choose this path. Although choosing the creative pursuits may be a difficult path, I’m not taking one more step in life unless it’s to follow my dreams.

  • Jerome
    Posted at 12:01h, 04 December Reply

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    • Dan Holloran
      Posted at 13:27h, 04 December Reply

      Hey Jerome! Thanks for reading and for your suggestions. I hope you got to look at some of my other posts and hopefully enjoy the work. I’m working on a short story I’m particularly excited about at the moment so feel free to subscribe if you’d like to know whenever I post new content! 🙂

  • Valerie Andrews
    Posted at 01:21h, 15 January Reply

    “Lately, I’ve thought about why we follow our passions.”

    I’ve had the same thoughts.

    My career has taken me in a lot of directions that seem like detours, but they all sort of came together when I began teaching college classes (including writing courses for advertising and public relations students). However, fate either has a twisted sense of humor or a target on my back, and my teaching career ended earlier than I’d anticipated.

    And yet, even that turned out to be fortuitous. I’m now able to pursue a lifelong career goal of editing other writers’ works for publications. It’s led me to an interesting array of clients and manuscripts, and I’ve been lucky to work on everything from coffee table books and instruction manuals to comic books. As a writer, I respect the work and ambition that go into each project, and as an editor I’m thrilled to be able to help other writers pursue their dreams.

    I’m not getting rich, but I didn’t get rich as a college professor either! Now I set my own schedule, work on my terms and provide a service that others value. It took me nearly 40 years, but I’m finally doing what I really like. I hope that’s a lesson for others: never give up.

    • Dan Holloran
      Posted at 11:51h, 15 January Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experiences, Valerie! Glad to hear that you’re happy and seem to be pursuing what you truly love to do. Life is too short and I always encourage people to keep trying new things until they discover what makes them smile and genuinely excited to get up in the morning. I hope you enjoyed my perspective on the subject and I hope you continue to read future posts! I appreciate you taking the time to look over my blog!

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