You know how they say as with all matters of the heart, you know it when it’s right?
I thought I found my passion three years ago, and I have been ambitiously chasing after this passion through actions like reading more books about graphic design and filling my time with design projects.
Fast forward to present time … if graphic design was right … why do I still question the choice of committing my life to perfecting this one craft?
Focus, specialize, put 10,000 hours they say. Hustle, grind, spend all your time on this as if your life depends on it. Be successful.
But passion is just a word, not a reason to work for something with your life.
It doesn’t have to be one thing. It can mean one thing or three things or everything.
You don’t have to chase after it, or hold onto it. You can lose it, pick it up again, ditch it for good, do whatever you want with it.
Be cautious of the passion trap. How it is generally defined by society is conventional.
But because humans are flexible, you have to find what it means to you, and it could be something as outrageous as being passionate about relaxing at the beach everyday, instead of relying on the framework others set for you.
It doesn’t even have to be a thing. It can be feeling a sort of feeling. Living a sort of life.
Often times we follow convention because we want that permission.
The permission and approval of others validates your idea of what “passion” is because it’s easier to have someone else decide for you and tell you you’re on the right track.
But the only person you ever need that kind of permission from is yourself.
And sometimes it’s hard to feel sure enough with your permission after having spent many years believing what other people have to say about your path.
There are more exciting possibilities outside convention. But you’ve got to venture to that place yourself and make it your kingdom.