Friday Thoughts

So I’ve been thinking . . . about passion and getting turned on. Who wouldn’t want passion in their life? Me.

So I’ve been thinking . . . about passion and getting turned on. Who wouldn’t want passion in their life? Me.

I was talking with a friend the other night about this very thing: passion and what turns you on. Specifically, we talked about finding your passion and making money doing what you love. But not in the “I’m passionate about goat farming and am selling all my worldly possessions and moving to Vermont to raise goats” way.

More like, WTF with the pressure to find your passion. There’s this belief that if you just figure out what you love to do, you can make money doing it and will spend the rest of your life happy and fulfilled. Articles pop-up everywhere: 10 Ways to Find Your Passion! 42 Things You Can Do to Discover Your Passion! 5 People Who Followed Their Passion and Found Amazing Success!

We read about it all the time. You know, the ad executive/attorney/data analyst who quit her corporate day job because she found she loved to make homemade organic lavender honey. She started selling it online, and then it turned into a multi-million dollar business and she is happy as a clam.

Well, these are the exceptions. We read about the people who know what they love and then take the risk to build a career around it. I am here to tell you, these are not the norm. Exceptions.

I know these articles are meant to inspire you. And maybe they do . . . for some people. But mostly it makes you feel like a failure or like it’s so easy to find the thing that inspires you or that you’ve done something wrong by doing what it is you actually are doing. There’s pressure and scarcity surrounding the hype of finding your passion. And it’s kind of magical thinking, if you think about it. It implies if you just find your passion (again, not so easy), then you will fill in the blank [find true happiness, make millions, be famous].

Look, I’m not saying you shouldn’t go for it or you shouldn’t do the thing that makes you happy. If you know what turns you on, what fuels your fire, then go for it. It’s just, how many of us actually know what we are really passionate about? We don’t always know. And maybe that’s ok.

And another thing (or two or five) . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Room by Emma O’Donoghue. Actually, I just finished it, and I finished Olive Kitteridge too.

As for Olive Kitterridge, I don’t know what I can say about it here to do it justice. One of the most well-written books I’ve ever read. It’s well-crafted writing, the kind you can only aspire to. Stories that peak into daily life but lift the curtain on what appears to be daily life. Simply lovely.

Room was a book I couldn’t put down. It was really good. And I liked the first two parts. But then the last two parts I didn’t like as much. The editor in me started finding inconsistencies. And I felt it started reading as, “ok, now we need to make this all neat and tidy so wrap it up.” Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend the book.

Not sure what I will read next but this might help me find my next read.

I’ve been watching . . . nothing really worth mentioning. Only 23 days until Game of Thrones starts! (And 14 days until Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.)

I’ve been listening to . . . Gwen Stefani’s new album This Is What the Truth Looks Like. I CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO IT!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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