Discover your passions and find a job that allows you to put them to use! I don’t know how many times I have shared this unsolicited piece of advice with my three college age children. I usually follow it up with a brief lecture (and I mean lecture in the most loving of ways) explaining how the decisions they make today will impact them for the rest of their lives. So much is at stake, not only professionally, but personally.
It seems quite simple. Follow your heart. Live your dream. Being the reflective soul I am, these conversations forced me to become introspective. Have I discovered my passions? What are they? Most importantly, what am I doing to fulfill them?
I have a day job, which on most days, I enjoy and satisfies me. I feel privileged to be in a position in which I can make a difference in the lives of the nineteen 5th graders I see each day. But can I honestly say this is my passion? I can’t.
Writing, on the other hand, has always been my passion. As I reflect, I can see its influence in my life. In high school, poetry writing was a way to express myself. As I went through college, I discovered the satisfaction that accompanies writing a well thought out paper. In my “staying at home with the babies” stage of life, I enrolled in a writing course, allowing me to explore the craft of creative writing. And now, I try to inspire 60 some 5th graders to love writing as much as I do. But I feel a need for more.
So am I doing what am I passionate about? Am I following my heart? Am I living my dream?
And so it begins…to honor my passion for writing, a blog is born.