Follow your passions
It’s simple enough to say but is it something we do enough of with the busy lives we lead?
Maybe not, unless of course, you have the time which most of us find difficult.
Now you probably already do a lot of things that you are passionate about. These include anything that is an interest or a hobby. You stay fit, draw, write or read. Whatever it is there is something you do that you are passionate about.
How? How? And How?
But how do you cram in all the other things you wish you could do?
What a question! Well, there is no right way of doing it. But I believe that whatever it is you wish you could do, it is accessible in some form you just have to find it. The world we live in continues to change and develop at one hundred miles an hour. With it, communication and accessibility have become so much easier than we could ever imagine.
I’m someone who follows their passions now but it wasn’t so long ago that I wasn’t. I was stuck in a job that I was comfortable in for years and never wanted to progress in it. To be honest I was just lazy. My life was flying by and going nowhere. Then redundancy was staring me in the face. At the time I was also telling myself I need a new job in a sector I really want. The possibility of redundancy gave me an even bigger kick up the backside to get some direction in my life. Not too long after I got a job at a university and I’ve not looked back since then, getting my first promotion in the process.
What has really got me doing the things I love though is when I started to think about creating this blog. Now, this wasn’t down to me, one of my best friends Annette encouraged me to do it. (the very same Annette who is miss 3littlebuttons, co-founder of #dreamteam). We are quite similar people, so when she suggested it I said, “Ummm ok I’ll look into it”. Now I think why the hell didn’t I do this years ago? Having a blog has allowed me to combine my passions, for writing, exploring and being creative. Being a graphic design graduate having a creative space all of my own is just a dream. I have been writing a book over the last few years so that immediately helps my writing in general. A few ticks to my passions being followed.
My blog started in April 2016 and many other passions I follow started to happen in the same year. I completed several online courses, became a member of the Royal Greenwich Museums and their Flamstead astronomy society and continued to do more cooking.
All of these things I have put into my life. They are a part of who I am and what I do. The lazy person I used to be would just relaxed when I got home and played on my Xbox all the time. Of course, that’s not necessarily a terrible thing but a while ago I thought, “come on! I should be using that time to follow the other things I love to do.“
Another example I can give is all you parenting bloggers (a much better example than me). How you juggle raising your little one(s) and having the time to write, schedule, photograph, engage etc, is just beyond me. Maybe when I have children I’ll become a wizard or something but for now, I’m just an average joe who is following their passions and anyone can do the same.
Online course certificates
Books that help me explore
No time? There’s always time!
When I was participating in online courses I was reading the weekly material on my commute to and from work. I didn’t listen to my music as I would normally, instead I read as much of the material as I could. I left any videos to watch during my lunch break or when I got home. Lunchtime is also a perfect opportunity to switch off from work and do something interesting. That hour is not to be wasted.
My interest in astronomy has only really come about over the past 18 months. After watching Interstellar I was totally hooked on anything astronomy. I have used my RMG membership as much as I can. I’ve been to many shows at the Greenwich Planetarium, completed an introduction to astronomy course with the museum and presented a sky this month feature at one of the astronomy societies monthly lectures earlier this month. Years ago I could not imagine me doing any of this stuff.
I must say being part of an astronomy society is such a good experience. When the committee was asking for member volunteers to do a short sky this month talk at the beginning of the monthly lectures I thought what the hell, I’m up for that why not? I’m so glad I did. The committee and members are really lovely and I actually enjoyed presenting to the one hundred odd members in attendance.
Even just thinking about writing this post, I can honestly say that I have never done as much writing in my life as what I do now. I have created my own comfortable personal workspace that has made me so productive at home. If I were stranded on a desert island I would want my desk with me! (With a pencil and paper of course).
Don’t think you’ve got a passion for something? Oh, pull the other one!
Everyone has a passion or love for something. This can be anything from football, to reading fiction, writing, drawing, running, walking, cycling, cinema, sitting, standing, whatever it is you have a love for something and if you are not already doing it then you should be because that will instantly make you happier.
The moral of my story is that there is the time in your life to follow your passions, you’ve just got to have that want and drive to start doing it. Before you know it it’ll be something that you are doing all the time. You don’t have to do it every day or every week but you will do it.
What are your passions?
How are you following your passions?
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