I hate the cliched advice “follow your passion.” Maybe some people have that itch from the beginning, a clear understanding of what sets their soul on fire. But for the rest of us, it’s harder to define our “passions.” Sure, we have our interests. But to say that those hobbies are the best thing to pursue lifelong is nothing short of intimidating.
I’ll confess, I have no idea what I’m doing. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Communications because I was interested in that type of writing and because I was curious about public relations and strategic communications. But fast-forward a year and a half after graduation and I’m even more clueless about what I want to do career-wise than ever before.
This is where Lavender Life comes in. As I was juggling my first full-time job, I spent my evenings writing. It gave me something to do aside from my usual Netflix binges and social media scrolling. Plus it gave me a voice and an opportunity to dive into my other interests ( i.e. mental health, self improvement, etc).
My first post was How to Navigate the Post-Grad Blues, three little pieces of advice for those like me who may be feeling stressed, lost, and questioning what they want to do career-wise. Writing about how I was feeling like this, and seeing how many people related to it, was cathartic. It reminded me that I wasn’t alone.
To be honest, I like to write, but I don’t 100% love it. Sometimes I enjoy jotting all my thoughts down on paper, but sometimes writing is tiresome and frustrating. And I’m far from good at it. I got a B- in AP English in High School and I remember receiving my essays back with so many markups and errors on it, it was clear my writing needed lots of improvement.
Even though I couldn’t say I’m “passionate” about writing, I was still curious about it. And that curiosity is what continues to motivate me to blog.
In the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author gives advice on different avenues of creative inspiration. One part that stood out to me was her chapter on passion versus curiosity. She explains that when we try out the things that we are curious about, it leads to self-discovery and clearer understanding of what we could love.
That’s why I’ve decided that my motto for my twenties is “let’s give it a shot, why not?” I’m going to dive into any and every subject that sparks my interest. I’m not going to just sit around and wonder and I’m not going to settle.
Are you in a similar position- questioning your passions and not sure what to pursue? In what ways have you followed your curiosity and what has it led to for you? Feel free to comment your response below.