Updated: Nov 1, 2020
Here is a very interesting question to ask yourself? Question not so funny but refuses an answer, where we have to sit down to contemplate and think for not just hours but hundred of hours, may be even years for the question to be fully answered. That question is simply - what's my passion? What is that life's calling thing that I'm going to devote myself to, that I'm going to pour in all of my efforts into, that in which I'm going to be so good at that I'll start producing prolific works, that's going to benefit other people, that I could master in which I'm naturally gifted at, in which I'll be willing to spend more time mastering so that I could become damn good that people cant ignore me?
I am pretty damn sure everyone had a fortune of taking a lot of bumps on that steep hill of self discovery. I've learned little that I can share with you all. I'm not claiming that I've everything figured out. But there is a distinction that has to be made between you loving the work per se and the idea of the craft. So often we try to find the passion like I wanna become a lawyer or a university professor or architect or astrophysicist or journalist or something like that.
How do you know you are really goin to enjoy journalism; how exactly do you know law is the right career for you; how do you know you should go into politics or not; how do you know may be university professor isn't for you or in a case of artistic roadmap: may be sculpting isn't for you or painting isn't exactly your model of inspiration. But you only love the idea of being that tortured romantic painting artistic genius.
We all once had an idea in mind without experience to back it up. Young people often force themselves into future timeline because they have limited life experiences. They don't exactly know what they want; they have no gauge, no standard to compare to. All they have is a blank slate, or past experiences that could be of no use because all they have is an idea that is not grounded in reality.
Take for instance: Lots of people have impression to become a good writer. Once you actually sit them down and ask how much they have written for the past may be 3 or 4 weeks, they are goin tell you - you know, may be an essay or two, a paragraph or two. Then they start to question really deep questions, am I actually in love with the craft or am I in love with the idea of the craft; do I love strenuous hours spent at desk or do I just love the idea of strolling around looking like a writer without actually jotting down words on the page? How do you distinguish between the two - the idea for the actual craft you in love with and love with the idea of work. Now that is one crucial distinction that one has to make in the journey of really finding out what is this passion one is after.
Are you actually down for serious practical business or are you just lost in fantasies? An amateur lives conjuring up tales about what it may feel like to finally be a writer. Excited and agitated, they dream of a man with messy hair and a beard ungroomed, thinking away on a vintage typewriter on each word, each stroke, having entertained all fantasies, of being into one of his crafted stories where he now gets to be a hero of his own plot. You may ask why the hell do writers spend so much time into what they do. In one simple phrase 'just for the hell of it.'
Few months back, I was interested in coding in Linux OS. Having fantasized myself as that of a black-hat hacker, bringing down network by just few lines of commands in a black window, I was mesmerized by this thought for several days until the same guy who introduced me to coding shook me wide awake, when he asked me how much coding I've done lately. So I asked myself then: do I actually love coding or do I just like the idea of coding. It was a thought provoking moment for me. Soon I realized my undertaking into coding world was the last thing I wished to do. I had committed to the wrong path.
Same with writing, is it not? Are you in love with strenuous painstaking hours at your desk jotting down remarks that may soon disgust you or make you regret. Are you prepared to temper with patience as you realize that success is hard to achieve; that there lies no tale of romantic genius behind bundle of failed crafts. Thing is you have to figure out whether there's actually a force within you or not, that propels you to write, to put forth on a piece of paper, your story where all soon could benefit your words.
Well, if you want to find your passion, look nowhere but into a bowl of mixed salad. Our tastes are not defined by what's left in the bowl after we have eaten much of the salad, its defined by what we have already devoured without a second thought. If you have truly found a life's calling you would have been aware of it. Because then it certainly wouldn't spare a second for you to fantasize about what it may be like to be a writer. You will already be in your room typing and scribbling away all that's in front of you, the art that you cherish, the craft you love.
Years would soon elapse, and one day you will wake up with a sudden realization it is no longer a story in your head. You no longer have to entertain the idea of an artist; you are an artist. Your sincere love for creation would return to your seat where several hours would go unnoticed with seminal works budding. Those fantasies of the amateur would no longer drift around.
What do you already cherish; what is the thing that you already are inclined towards doing? Giving up the fantasy of wishful thinking first and foremost would be I'd say is a get set. What is that thing that you already know intuitively that you really want to do. If you don't know what that thing is, just go out; I mean go experience stuff, try stuff out, screw stuff up, and at the end I hope everyone of you could experience what you have yet to experience. Finding your craft is about falling in love with the craft, not the idea of the craft.
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