It seems to me that other people are more concerned about my future plans than I am. I knew when I quit my job, to pursue my passion of writing, that I was going to be asked all kinds of different questions, like; How do you make money? Where do you see yourself in five years? All questions that I can understand, but I realised, that some people – which are in the minority – don’t ask these questions because they care. They ask these questions to try and “prove” to you why they believe your decisions are “stupid”. There was one question that really got to me: What are you trying to achieve? Did you really just ask me what I’m trying to achieve by following my passion? Have you ever considered that I want a job that makes me happy, and that challenges me to become the best that I can be? I guess not.
People don’t always realise the thought processes and planning that takes place when making a decision as big as quitting your job. I didn’t wake up one morning and say: “Let me quit my job today”. There were countless conversations between my husband and I, and many silent debates taking place in my head, before making that decision. However, despite this, there will always be people that will criticise and judge your decisions, because your choices make it difficult for them to label you as something.
Society convinced us that we must do what is expected of us and not what we believe is the right thing to do. We must be careful that we don’t become so busy with making a living, that we forget to live our lives. I’m not saying that you should quit your job, run around naked with flowers in your hair, and call yourself a hippie. It comes down to balance; when to take risks and when to take a step back. I worked long and hard for the opportunity that I have now. I did what I had to do, so that I can do what I want to do.
If I choose to do things differently than you, it doesn’t mean I think you are wrong. It means we are different people and different things make us happy. Who am I to judge your decisions? It’s not my place to question or criticise you. But this goes both ways. It’s also not your place to judge me if I don’t have answers to all your questions about MY future.
I believe in following my passion because I want to have an impact on the world through motivating or entertaining people with my writing. Oprah Winfrey once said: “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you”. So, the answer to your question of what I’m trying to achieve is: You can call me a tree hugger or an ignorant dreamer – if you want to – but I want to be significant in this world.