In my last post about Career, I began down the path of Passion vs Job.
After taking some more time to think about this subject (and due to recent personal job events) I have come to a conclusion. This conclusion is not linear, so please bear with me.
In evaluating Career vs Passion vs Job, I think a key distinction exists between demographic or relationship/family status.
The question of the difference between Passion and Career differs whether you are married with kids, single, or married with no kids. It differs with age, financial stability, and general economic/political timing.
None of these statuses is exclusive when determining whether you should go after your passion or work a job. They are all interconnected, and can likely exist for a single person throughout different points in his/her life.
This partially pre-supposes that you are passionate about your career choice, and that a job is just a paycheck and means to sustain oneself financially.
When I look at my personal situation, it is abundantly clear that what I do for a living (for the time being) is merely a job, and a means to help support my family.
To illustrate this point, I was asked a few weeks ago: "What is your passion, and why aren't you making a living from it." I was totally caught of guard by this question for several reasons, one of which was that I did not know the answer.
After taking some time to think about it, I realized that I never really sat down and truly explored within myself to find out what I'm passionate about. I suspect that the answer is not one that I can come to immediately, but after many hours of reflective thought and self-realization.
As part of this process however, I have begun to realize that it is possible and reasonable to delay or postpone your quest for your passion or a personally rewarding career if you have a family and children. I'm not saying that they are mutually exclusive, because many people out there are able to both.
What I am saying is that a large majority of us has to make the choice at some point of whether we pursue our passion or support our family.
In a way, it is the latter that allows us to be at peace with not relentlessly pursuing that passion of ours. However, inevitably, if it is true passion, eventually that yearning can eat away at you.
As I continue to hone my perspective, and do some reflecting on this topic, I am curious as to where you are in your process.
Have you figured it out? Are you a parent and spouse that is doing both? Are you single and not doing either?
Use this blog as a sounding board...I would love to hear your perspectives.
Until next time...