I have long viewed work as something one does in order to afford to do what one enjoys. A job is a job, and it is a rare few who are able to be paid to do what they are passionate about. Read More Following My Heart
I’m all about pursuing your passions. I mean, one of my passions is the idea that doing what you’re passionate about is possible! But with all the talk about doing what you love, it’s easy to get really caught up in figuring out a way to pursue your passion as a career. People worry that they shouldn’t do anything they don’t love because that basically negates the whole American dream. This is a nice idea, but it gets stressful really quickly because the fact is, our current economy means it’s just not responsible to be so picky.
Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… And though unwanted, unbidden… it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead. Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 2.17, “Passion”
I spent my childhood voraciously testing out various paths to Passion. In my teens I discovered photography. All the way to art school, I raced through life with a camera surgically attached to my face. I reveled in the idea of living behind the camera instead of in front, the jaded recovery of an only-child. Before the camera, in that stage between little girl and teenager, I painted. For years I painted on canvas, in school, on trips, on walls. One day I painted Kahlil Gibran’s words in my bedroom wall: Read More On Being Gen X by Nathalie
While many professions and pastimes may have their own self-identity troubles, I think writers have a particularly difficult time accepting if and when they are “writers.” Read More When Do You Become a Writer?
For a long time, I have been trying to navigate a balance with my career. Not work/life balance, although that’s very important, especially for women (and I still struggle with that as well). I’m referring to the balance between doing your job and feeling passionate about your job. I don’t imagine this struggle, or my journey, is altogether unique. Looking back, about ten years into said career, I’ve realized what I want out of my profession has completely changed. Read More Is Your Job Your Passion?