Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Passion and the Monkey
"Follow your passion", I've heard it said. "Do what you love and the money will come", is another. Or perhaps my favorite: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours", as claimed by Thoreau. These are all motivators with a solid strain of wisdom in them and when followed I am sure they work.
But for me there is always the fear, or a least lack of confidence, that my work I'm passionate about wouldn't quite be 'good enough' to hold its own. It was deemed much 'safer' to put in a good solid, oh so mundane, day's work for someone else and receive a modest but regular stipend. The dreams and passions could wait for the weekend warrior.
Then there is always the "jump before you are pushed" motivator for those who need a little more incentive.
Well, I am now mid jump. My current job is phasing out forcing me to be more engaged in what my passions are and how I can create a new life for myself. My passions have always been consistent: I love taking photos and I love writing. I have to ask myself just who are the 'they' who are judging my writing or photography as not quite good enough? Could it simply be my own inner critic? That annoying monkey mind determined to keep me firmly entrenched in it's perceived 'safety zone'?
I have reached the point where Thoreau's advice is becoming more attractive by the day. It is time to advance confidently in the direction of my dreams. I am quite sure that being confident and committed to my decision is the key to success. In view of these current insights I have completed several online refresher writing courses on Udemy, and I am writing the monthly newletter for a local business, the Cactus Mart, who is also gracious enough to display my photography.
It is time.