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A close friend of mine, let’s call her Susan, had been unemployed for awhile. She has a God-given gift for fashion.
Susan’s one of those women that makes a white t-shirt & jeans look like she just stepped off the runway. Go away, Susan & let me wear my sweat pants in peace.
After years of never working in fashion, she took the leap & pursued her passion. But it’s tough getting started in fashion, especially if you’re not young & willing to work like a dog at first.
Her family was pushing her to get a “safe” government job. They couldn’t understand why she was being so “unrealistic” & trying to pursue a career in the fashion industry.
Even though her savings was running low, the bills were piling up, & she had children to support she kept trying.
Susan fought the good fight for awhile. She was applying for jobs in other industries while still looking for work in fashion. Her family was pressuring her to put away her childish dreams of working in fashion & take that safe job. It was time for her to grow-up.
She had a decision to make. She reached the moment where her dreams & her reality were so far apart they were in different realities.
She asked me for advice & I told her to follow her heart. Just for a little while longer. A few weeks later she landed a full time position in fashion & was over the moon.
I wish I could say I was a supreme oracle or had a premonition. (I mean I can say it but I’d be lying.)
My friend had to make a choice with a lot of real consequences. But after years of denying her heart she took a leap & invested in her dreams. Her story worked out for her. She could’ve easily accepted a job at a law firm or some other company, any company, that would hire her. No one could fault her for that.
Except her. The inner her. The part of her that wasn’t being childish or Pollyannaish. The part of her who kept whispering to her about her deep desire to at least try to work in fashion.
People say f$*k passion. Just do what pays well or you’re good at. The passion will come later.
Has the passion ever come? Or is there a pull to be someone more & a push to keep on keeping on as you’ve always done?
There’s a 3rd option - a remixed version of your life where you’re happy & you can pay the bills & love your life.