Several well known publications have posted articles referencing the fact that it can be irresponsible and reckless to, ” Follow your Passion.” However, I feel differently and here’s why!
Yeah yeah I get it, you have bills to pay and a family to take care of- in no way am I saying to follow your passion and forget your responsibilities.
All I’m saying is:
Why can’t you follow your passion responsibly?
We want to be good role models and provide for our family. A lot of people think that following their passion will compromise their family’s lifestyle, but I see it differently.
I’m here to say that one of the most irresponsible things you can do for your family is to provide a poor role model for them. Your kiddos adore you and want to be like you- do you want them to grow up thinking that being miserable is their only possibility?
You staying miserable leads to resentment and bitterness- are these the character traits you want to teach your children?
Of course not!
As human beings we have the responsibility of creating our own happiness (and encouraging the next generation to do the same). I feel fortunate that I had a supportive family growing up who encouraged me to “follow my passion.”
My mom has told me, now as an adult, that she would get nervous for me because I “thought” I was so good (yet I really wasn’t). She said that she would say to herself, ” I can’t believe she wants to tryout for cheerleading or do this talent show,” or whatever it was at the time I was uber confident about. She struggled internally with encouraging my over confidence at the sake of me failing or feeling inadequate. However, she would smile and say, ” That’s awesome, how can I help?”
I sometimes get that feeling now with my own kids, which is why I am writing this. I often look at my son when he is wanting to try something and think, “oh boy, I hope this doesn’t backfire.” I have to consciously stop and remind myself… what if my mom would have said,
” You know all the other girls have been cheering since they were 5 and you have no experience, maybe you should try something else.”
” You have only had recreational dance training what makes you think you can choreograph your own dance for the California Country Music Awards Showoff?”
I’ll tell you what would have happened.
If my parents would have given me a lesson in harsh reality at a young age, I may not be where I am today. I love my job and I have had the opportunity to change thousands of people’s lives. Even better – I am nowhere close to where God intends me to be- I’m just getting started!
So while I may have been overly confident, my parents allowed me to pursue my passion while also teaching me the importance of exploring other options. I will be eternally grateful to them for not squashing my dreams!
So whatever your passion is, I encourage you to follow it whether it be as a side hustle or a full time career. Your children will watch as you soar and they will follow in your footsteps. Think of how many things would not exist today had someone not followed their passion.
Our future depends on people following their passions!