It’s ok to be passionate about something without making it into your work
Passion seems like the great misnomer of our age.
Instagram tells us to pursue it all the time. It’s not enough to like something anymore, we have to be passionate about it. Like willing to die for it or something. (I can count on one hand what I’m willing to die for. And none of them have anything to do with how well or not I write…).
If you are very passionate, that doesn’t mean you will succeed. Because you may not be that talented at it.
For example — growing up I loved basketball. Played it all the time. Watched games religiously. Re-enacted games on my hoop outside and on the Nerf hoop in my room. But there was no way I was going to succeed at basketball. I didn’t get off the bench on my rec league team. I got from the JV team twice. I was a talentless hack at basketball.
I still love basketball and am fairly “passionate” about it, but it is a…
It is something I watch and follow for fun. And that’s okay. Keeping a hobby is fine. There doesn’t have to be good and bad in the equation. Actually, discerning between good and bad messes up the equation. Why does it have to be either? Why can’t it just be?
Judging yourself that way steals the joy from the hobby, from the…dare I say…passion.
So maybe some of your hobbies are just mean to stay like that. Maybe your passion is just supposed to stay a hobby. There’s nothing wrong with that. You’re not failing. You’re a person with an interest. That’s important.