Editor’s Note: The subject in the photos below is Allison Rhee, creator of Flower Crown Society. She epitomizes the idea of “doing what you love” to the author of this piece because she is someone who is working hard to pursue her passion.
At first glance, it’s a simple idea; and a common goal for most people—especially for those of us who have the creative itch. And in it’s basic form it just makes sense. Why should we work at something that we don’t love? Good question.
Someone once said to me, “I love my job because it’s not a job.”
That’s the dream, right? The end all “ideal scenario” is that we all make a living doing something that we love? Unfortunately, the road to doing what you love isn’t as easy as loving what you do. Finding “your thing” isn’t the hard part; loving “your thing” isn’t the hard part. I think a common misconception people have about pursuing their passion full-time is that it requires little work, as if, once we find our thing, the doors will start opening without any additional effort on our part.
My naïve self learned otherwise in my own pursuit, and I’d love to share a few things that I’ve discovered along the way.
Finding Your Passion
Some of you might not even know what it is you’d love to do. You know in your heart that you’re meant for something bigger, and you long for it. Don’t stop working to find it. That is to say, continue to develop different skills and capabilities—learn new things, try new things, work in different places, and in doing so you will run into something that will capture your spirit
This is something we were probably all taught as children—but it’s worth repeating. More often than not, we have to work harder to carve out a little space in this world big enough for ourselves. One of the benefits of pursuing something we love is passion. Passion sets us apart from the rest because it drives us to work the hardest. It helps us to overcome the inevitable road bumps and periods of self-doubt.
Never Stop Growing
The comedian, Steve Martin, said once, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Whether you want to be a watercolor artist, a graphic designer, a photographer, a chef, or a lawyer, it’s going to be competitive. In order to stand out, we have to be different than our peers. We have to be better. Good work is impossible to ignore, so we must never stop growing, and developing our capabilities.
Don’t Wait Around
The photographer, Jasmine Star, once said, “A year from now, you’ll wish you started today.” So, let’s cast a vision for our life, start pursuing our passions and never stop doing what we love.
Photos by Paige Jones Photography