Do what you love, love what you do. Probably one of the most overused quotes ever. There isn’t a single week in which I don’t see it popping up in my social feeds – be it Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. And I do agree. How could I not? I’m all about hustling hard, believing in your dreams and following your passion.
And it sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Do what you love and make your passion your paycheck. No big deal. Now that’s where I disagree. I think that’s not what the quote (does anyone know where it comes from btw?) means. You don’t have to quit your job and become a writer because you love poetry. It doesn’t mean you need to find a way to become a pop star if you like singing. Nor does it mean you need to change your entire life because your job isn’t exactly what you’re passionate about in life.
Sometimes it’s not quite that easy. And I feel like more often than not we aren’t helping anyone by sharing these oh-so-deep-and-profound-quotes. Some people might just not have the luxury to quit their job to travel full-time. Others have a passion for singing but are just too shy to be in the spotlight. And that’s absolutely fine. You know what, I don’t even care what generates your paycheck and makes you afford the things you need in life. What you do between 9 and 5 to earn some cash doesn’t mean shit if, in the end, you come home and follow your dreams anyway. As long as this job doesn’t make you completely miserable and enables you a good enough life where’s the problem.
However, that also means you’re obliged to love what you do in your free time. Save that money and travel on the weekend. If we owe one thing to this world, then it’s doing what we bloody love. Be it for money or fun. You love writing your heart out but need to work as a cashier to be able to afford food for you and your six cats? By all means, do it! But please go home and write that book you always wanted to write. You owe it to you, the world. And those cats!
So by all means, do not feel bad because there’s no way you’ll ever be able to live from what you love. Not everyone can be so lucky as to make their passion their paycheck. And that’s fine. There’s this misconception that we all need to love our jobs or otherwise our lives aren’t worth anything. But that’s absolute rubbish. I’d happily go sit in an office for 40 hours a week if that means it enables me with the cash and opportunity to travel the world in those weeks where I’m off from work. Because that’s what life is all about: balance!