There are those crystal clear moments in life when we finally “get it.” We realize life’s too short not to pursue the things we love. (Here’s why.)
Take writing, for instance.
For years, I had to place my dream on hold for various reasons– another career path, having babies, raising babies, caring for an ill child, and the list goes on.
Along the way, I did a lot of soul-searching. I re-evaluated my options.
I could quit and throw in the towel or I could persevere, despite hardship. Since I’m a pretty determined person, I decided to dig in my heels and keep going.
My passion was worth it.
The only guarantee I had was this: if I quit, my writing dream wouldn’t happen. There are rarely freebies in life, so I knew perseverance was key. (And if you need a little encouragement as you persevere today, read this.)
It saddens me when I hear folks tick off things they wish they’d done or lament they’re “too old” to pursue their passion now.
Missed opportunities are heartbreaking, yes. But… I don’t think we should get so weighed down by the guilt that it cripples us and holds our mindsets hostage.
As I’ve matured (sounds better than aged), I’ve realized more than ever how fleeting life is.
I’m more intentional now with
- My time
- My resources
- My talent
- My passion
I think when we’re younger, we fully intend to do everything we believe we will. None of us envision life’s interruptions or setbacks. In our youth, we’re invincible. We don’t comprehend how easily things can change in a heartbeat.
As a young man, my cousin was at the top of his game. He was athletic and had the career of his dreams. In the blink of an eye, he became a quadriplegic.
*Ty was pursuing his passion.
He couldn’t have known as he set out on a motorcycle ride one glorious sunny day that by nightfall, he’d be fighting for his life.
That was five years ago.
Ty’s life changed dramatically.
Which brings up another consideration…
Should fear inhibit us? Should it keep us from living— from pursuing those things we love?
If it’s healthy fear, it’s good to pause and think about the consequences. (Most definitely!)
If it’s unfounded fear, or reluctance to move forward because we’re afraid of failure or a little egg on our face, that’s something else entirely.
It’s always wise if we talk to others and get their perspective. We’re not completely objective when it comes to ourselves.
So I guess I would leave you today with this:
If you’re not pursuing your passion, why is that? What’s holding you back?
If life interruptions aren’t the problem, maybe you need a little kick-start (like these ideas to get you started).
There’s only one you.
To be intentional with the path God’s ordained for your life.
What’s something you’re passionate about?
How are you pursuing your passion?
(*To protect my cousin’s privacy, not his real name.)
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