Being just another cog in the machine is very easy. In this mad rat race of a world, to have the courage to pursue what you like is liberating, because it is a risk against all odds. Now, I’m not going to suggest you quit your job and live your life following your passion. I understand how impractical that advice might be to someone who really is trying to make ends meet. If you are already working in a field you love very much, you are one of the lucky ones. For the rest, read on!
So Here is an Idea
While working at your job, simultaneously work on your hobbies. Say you really like dancing and had a few dancing gigs in the past. See how you can hone your skills and try to make it something you can earn out of.
Let’s say you start up a small scale, in-your-backyard sort of a dancing class. You earn some out of it, and over time you look for ways to expand your classes. Soon, you get more people in. Maybe establish dancing school overtime. And once your hobby takes off and gets big, quit your job at the tip of a hat. This two-pronged approach will keep food on your table but also invest in a hobby that will reap you happiness and fulfilment.
It is so important to do what you like
Don’t know what you want to do or what you like? Well, how can you when you don’t even know yourself. The best thing you can do for yourself is to do lots of different things. We usually have a wrong idea of what our capabilities are and restrict our growth through self-limiting beliefs like:
“Oh, I’m just an introvert, so I won’t be able to strike a conversation with this interesting person.”
“I am an awkward person by default so hence I will only embarrass myself, might as well not go.”
“I’ve been a bad artist as a kid so I’m just not even going to try.”
You will be surprised at yourself when you forget all this labelling and actually be in the moment and let yourself shine.
The best thing about doing a lot of things is that it not only shows you what you want to do but also what you don’t like doing. Since there are almost a million possibilities of things you can do e.g. aeroplane construction, designing book covers, paragliding trainer, underwater snorkelling guide and what not, it also helps to know what just isn’t your forte after trial and error. You learn more about yourself and become accepting of a few limits that are unique to you. Just because most of your friends are good at math, whereas no matter how hard you try you never seem to crack it, it’s perfectly okay. You should be patient enough with yourself and loving enough to understand not everything works for everyone. And, phew! That’s one thing off your huge-almost-inexhaustible possibilities list!
To give you some motivation for the same, I’ll leave it to the man David Bowie to take over this bit. B)