The consequence of passion both good & bad.

“I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”-Robert Frost

 

It’s the final month of the year and midway through It I decided to leave my job & pursue my passion. Each month after my leave I’ve faced financial challenges but I’ve also experienced a liberty that is bigger than the financial. I’ve obtained a joy and peace I don’t think I ever would’ve obtained in my previous job. I’ve received so much confirmation that I made the right choice in leaving. Growing up I’ve always been into the arts. Growing up it was also ingrained in me that pursuing the arts was not a way to live successfully. Pursuing one’s passion comes with roadblocks, tests, and trials but the road you take to living to and beyond your potential is a much more exciting route to take than the road where your life becomes mundane and unhappy. This mundane and unhappy road is the road that most of us take because we see security and we fear failure. I’ve also learned this year that failure is healthy, failure is a necessary growing pain to our character it can build us to become fantastic people. I’ve learned not to be afraid but to embrace failure and look at how it has/can shape me to become a better version of myself.  What I found to ring true is when in position and taking necessary steps “what’s meant for you will be for you”. I’ve made some real amazing life connections this year. Each person has helped to contribute to my dreams and goals even if they haven’t realized it. In one of my toastmasters meetings I was told that “it’s never a mistake to follow your passion”, and as each day passes I understand this to be so true. Had I not left I would definitely not have made the strides and moves that I have in the past 5 months. Even before I got my job I constantly put off making investments in myself (such as this website). For the first time in my life I’m doing something to advance myself and the feeling is indescribable.  In my endeavors I have had some amazing support from friends and family. I also have had friends and family going through some of the same transitions of similar decisions and we pass encouragement and insight around more than the plate of yams on thanksgiving. My community is awesome because it’s filled with other entrepreneurs, freelance workers & passion followers. My community has made my journey that much more enjoyable and bearable. It’s one thing to walk the road less traveled alone and it’s a world’s difference when you can walk it with friends and loved ones. The consequence of my choice has brought pain but more importantly its brought joy.  I’ll end this month’s blog off with a moving quote by Jim Carrey and he says

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”