Ever since I wrote my last post, I've still had so many thoughts floating around in my head. First of all, I really hope that I didn't come across as saying that no one should ever work a job they don't love. The truth is, sometimes you have to- for a while at least. In the process of making your passion work as a career, or in the process of figuring out what your passion even is, you still have to make a living, and possibly provide for a family. Especially when it comes to creative careers, some sacrifice and hard-core perseverance is often necessary to get to that sweet spot of thriving in the work you love. It may mean a job you don't like (I've been there- working in medical billing behind a desk 40 hours a week was a bit like torture for this creative soul.) It could mean living on an incredibly tight budget for a while, cutting back wherever possible (I've been there too. Actually let's be real- I'm still there.) So I'm not saying this is wrong, just that it needs to be temporary. The unfulfilling job should only be a stepping stone to your real dream, and you should work as hard as you can to get out of there as soon as possible and on to what you're really meant to be doing.
By the way, that word "meant" is key- I truly don't believe that any of our passions or dreams are random or accidental. I think that we all have something we're meant to be doing- something we're perfectly suited for. I personally believe that it's God who designs us that way. Others might believe something else, but I think the feeling of "just knowing" that you're meant for something- like you were born to do it- is universal. It shouldn't be ignored. You, doing that one thing that you rock at and that also happens to make you feel so alive, could be something the world really needs. Even if just one person's life is made better because of it, that matters, a lot. My love for this is about so much more then just me and my camera. I believe and hope that it will be a tool that will touch peoples' lives and to tell stories that need to be told.
I hope this isn't all too sappy or sounding like a self-help book. I hope it's making a little bit of sense. These are just some of the things that have been on my mind, and it's pretty late while I'm writing so my thoughts are getting jumbled. I had to get them out though. I am naive (or bold?) enough to believe that if you are brave enough to pursue the path of your passion, you cannot fail. Success may not be quick and it may not look the way you originally envisioned, but it will come.