DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
We've heard that saying over and over, but I wonder how many people are actually doing something else and their hearts are always longing for what they love.
When I was a kid, I always played "school" whether I had anyone playing with me or not. I loved writing on a chalkboard, acting like I was grading papers, or giving little words of encouragement, "A +." And as I grew up, I noticed I was fairly good at arts and crafts and enjoyed it. It made me happy. Then, middle and high school happened and the pressure came: ACT scores and the big daunting decision..."What's your major?" This is the question that will define you, make you who you are...for the rest of your life.
So, we debate it. "Who am I?" "Who do I want to be?" We start comparing ourselves to everyone else and their families, where they came from. And the defining moment to make the decision is usually MONEY. "How much money will I make?" "How much money do they make?" "Well, in order to travel and live out my dreams and have a big house and buy what I want...I can't do what I love. It doesn't make enough money. So I'll do something else and do what I love on the side, as a hobby. "
We pursue that decision to make more money than what is truly seeded in our hearts. We start believing the lies and fears of the people we encounter and that are closest to us. Those lies and fears haunt our thoughts: "I didn't even know you were an artist." "What are you going to do with that? Teach?" "That's more of a hobby than a career." And you become so far off track pursuing something else or the job that's currently trending. You may become successful and make all that money and do what you want and buy what you want, but their will always be a longing in your heart if you aren't fueling the passion inside of you. So, whether it is a hobby or a career, just make sure you are doing it... Whatever it is that makes you happy.
I always wanted to be an Art major. I still do. Not sure I want to go back and do that all over again...plus it cost money I don't have as a teacher. Hah! I just want to learn and do art all day, every day. So an LSU leisure class in photography will cure that desire this summer.
I love my job. Of course, I wish it made more money and I found more of a balance for creating personal art than creating lesson plans, but I'm in pursuit of that balance. I've been absent from drawing and painting and creating for over a decade now. Always dabbling and never truly investing because I'm invested elsewhere. But if I focus on what makes me the happiest in any moment, it's usually the talent that God gave me. And if He gave me that talent, I better not let it go to waste. He will provide everything else.
So make a date with yourself, an hour or so a day and do what you LOVE. It's your heart's cure and it makes the big man upstairs very happy.
*NOTE: I am not an ELA teacher and therefore make many grammatical errors. Don't hold it against me. It's not what I love. ;)