Recently, I have been part of a discussion with a friend who is struggling to find his “niche” in life. He is meandering along in his 20something monotony and has come to the realization that his current path is not what he where he wants to be anymore. Although it is an amazing step to have reached that realization, he is struggling to find the one thing he really wants to do, the one thing that would make him happier than a truck filled with m and m’s. Unfortunately, his problem is he has a lot of great ideas and a big dollop of passion but is too busy attempting to justify these choices to others instead of converting them into action.
Regardless of what your passion is, your 20’s are the time you need to grab it by the balls and kick start it into high gear. Love horseback riding, or Bikram yoga? Obsessed with Tarantino films or have a flair for baking those tiny decorated cake pop things? (but seriously who thought making cake SMALLER was doing justice to the baking world…) Ultimately, the people who are telling you yoga is for hippies and running a riding school “isn’t a real job” are the kind of people who need to be slapped in the face with their faceless corporate cubicles and stale communal biscuit tin (gross).
I’m good at writing. I will admit it. Writing comes easier to me than a lot of things in life (read: running and most forms of contact sport) and it’s something that I am passionate about doing. I don’t make apologies about my writing skills, because part of taking control of your 20 something years is to focus your “brand identity” and sell yourself. Would you “hire” someone in the big wide world that is the Game of Life after an interview where they said “I’m kind of good at baking but I don’t really tell/show/demonstrate/explain/share that with anyone”.
They would go straight into the “thank you for your application to a successful life” pile and you know it.
To drive home what I’m getting at let’s take a look at Kim Kardashian (ugh never thought I’d write that sentence). What exactly are Kim’s strengths in life? Other than being good at spending more than Greece’s total 2014 budget on a wedding that lasted 5 minutes, and being 9/10ths naked on the back of a motorbike, not much. She is famous for knowing someone who is famous or being in the right place at the right time. Do you ever hear her apologising for her lack of ACTUAL recognisable talent, or care that most people know she is famous by default? No. And neither should you, regardless of what your passion is in life (Although for all of our sakes, I hope it is a little more meaningful that Kim’s)
And now that we are full steam ahead our refusal to justify our passions to others, let’s rock out to some JBJ. I mean his is super dreamy.
Much love and till later