Passion & Our Careers

Saturday, November 29, 2014

       As far as I know, there are two conflicting ideologies about our passions / hobbies in relation to our careers:

        The first says that we should build our careers out of our passions, so that going to work isn't actually "work" at all, but is instead perpetually enjoyable. For example: Yves Saint Laurent loved to create paper dolls and design gowns for his mother and sisters as a teenager. He built a career out of this and became one of the most prominent women's fashion designers of the 20th century.

       The second suggests that, in order to preserve our passion as something that brings us happiness, we should avoid making a career out of it. Otherwise we will begin to associate this activity with stress, and our enthusiasm for it will dwindle. For example, I've met a few chefs (truly not all feel this way) who say they regret making a career out of their favorite hobby. The demanding nature of the work has made them see cooking purely professionally, & no longer recreationally.

       SO: I don't think there is a right or wrong in what you choose to do. There is both a heavy emphasis on doing what makes you happy for a living and doing what pays the bills in this world. Ideally, we can find a job that fits both, right? Personally, my job is in a very serious environment, in which I do not always feel like I am exercising my passions. I love writing, reading, drawing, fashion, and so on, but I'm not even sure if I would want to make a career out of any of this. Am I passionate enough about any of these things to begin with to do so? I know a lot of people my age who say "I have no idea what I want to do." I think it's okay to keep work and fun like this separate, but that's not to say I don't applaud those who can find their way to combine them.

       When I was in Europe, I found that no one was nearly as concerned with "what you do for a living" or what you studied in school (I'm sure it's not like this everywhere, but the little city I was in did not emphasize such things). This, to the people I met, was not synonymous with WHO you ARE. A job is simply a job. There is no need to have an identity crisis when your career isn't a direct reflection of who you feel you are deep down. I think we, in America, take our vocations very seriously as representational of our entire being. Our resume can often times become US. Take it from one of even the most driven women I can think of, Hilary Clinton, when she says: "Don't confuse having a career with having a life."

       It's easy to have a nine to five office job and feel like a cookie cutter mold of everyone else. I know this because that's where I am! But it's not true. You like different things and dress differently and see the world differently. Your job itself doesn't have to be glamorous for YOU to be a glamorous and interesting person.

       Whether you choose not to make your avocation your career, or you simply can't (even if it's just for now), don't think you're somehow not a success. You're job is only your LIFE if you convince yourself it is. If you want it to be that's awesome, and if you don't that is also great: just be sure to make the most of it.

       What are your thoughts on making a career choice? Do you think it should define us to the extent it does, oftentimes? Do you think everyone should strive to make a career out of their hobbies?



  1. I think you should turn your hobbys into a career to an extent. The minute it becomes not so enjoyable than yes that is when you should probably keep it a hobby.

  2. That's a great topic for debate. Personally, I think finding a balance would be the most appeasing. In hindsight, I have worked some pretty miserable jobs full time and realized how much it changed me as a person. I think it would be equally true of finding a great job, you would probably have a completely different energy surrounding you, lifting your spirits. Hope you like your job!

  3. i commented on your other post about materialism lol but again i like what youve said here. its all a matter of perspective huh, and mine is i believe in the latter approach to a career/living. make your passion your job and the passion will whither.... guess i just can NOT see that eventually happening to anyone. therefore my stance is leave the passion to leisure time and your job to money,which doesnt necessaeily mean any medicre job just anything bearable and surrounded by positivity and character building :) x

  4. This post really is exactly what I needed to read right now. Thank you so much for that.

  5. Wow, this post really opened my eyes to so many things! I am currently a senior in high school, freaking out about what I want to do with my life, and I love your perspective on this subject. I totally agree with you and think that we shouldn't think of our jobs and careers as our lives.

  6. To be honest, at the moment I don't know what the hell to think lmao, I'm 18 and already made my mind about what career I want but at the time everything sound so tricky and unstable, I choose a career by mixing something that I love, practicality and stability, at the end of the day we just need to find balance to be happy with our choices and if doesn't work out at the first try, try again and again, life is a never stopping ice cream truck we gotta keep running to get what we want we may choose som wrong flavors but the right one will come eventually (lmaoooo my 'metaphor' made me hungry XD) xo

  7. The issue is a job can make you miserable. You spend most of your life working

  8. The guy working at mcdonalds doesn't wish he was you, or had your job.
    As toddlers, we frolic in a world of questions, content unfolding into the mystery. By adolescence, we compulsively attach worded concepts to everything we see, even people — for instance, ‘popular kid’. Though labels can be useful, they often discourage us from engaging with the world in front of us.We not only conceptualize the objects around us, we obsessively try and ‘define’ ourselves. We expend a huge amount of energy threading certain events into a storyline of ‘who we are’ — an inaccurate label that we feel lost without.
    This self-protecting narrative is never satisfactory. In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was forced to roll a massive boulder up a steep hill. Before reaching the top, the boulder would slip from his grasp and slide back down, forcing him to begin again.In our pursuit of self-definition, we feel compelled to hoist our storylines onto a pedestal.
    Take this from the seventeen year old female digital artist who stays up late and comments on people's blog posts.



By Dayna Frazer