Doing What You Love: Realistically
There is a lot of talk online about how important it is to do what you love and follow your dreams, but in reality is that feasible for all of us? We all know that if it was as simple as that then we would all be doing it but that isn't the case for so many people and fresh air doesn't pay the bills.
I know what you're thinking, but Rebecca you do get to do what you love and yes right now I do but that hasn't always been the case. I worked in the glorious world of retail from the age of 16 till I was 22, I've also interned and worked for free, I've worked in a bar and club and I also worked in a primary school when I graduated. None of those jobs were my chosen career path, I didn't daydream about serving drunk people, but at the time that is just what I had to do.
Working a job that you groan at the thought of going to is something that I'm sure we've all had to go through at some point in our lives. By being in those positions and having those experiences it teaches us invaluable lessons and when you're in a job role that you love it makes you realise that without all that prior experience you wouldn't really know what the right job is for you.
Being in the position to be able to do what you love and be able to make a living from is fantastic but that doesn't get handed to you on a plate, you have to work constantly to achieve your dreams. Even then sometimes that hard work doesn't always work out. Speaking from my own experience, I didn't just fall into what I'm doing right now and it was a huge decision and risk. It wasn't a case of just deciding that I wanted to do what made me happy, it had to be realistic.
With all the constant talk about how important it is to be in a job role that you dream about and creating a life you love it makes me wonder that people who aren't in a position to do that are left feeling inadequate? I know when I was working positions that I had no passion about, when I saw people doing what they enjoyed and getting to earn a living from, it instantly made me feel like I was a failure. It's important to realise that just because you aren't doing what you love right now isn't a bad thing, it can help you in so ways and really open your eyes to what you want to work towards.
What are your thoughts on this subject?