It is so easy to dig yourself into an emotional ditch when day after day you have to go to a job that doesn’t inspire you, or worse a job you dread, and spend your whole day there five days a week or more.
Even if you like your job and you genuinely like the people there, the longing to do what you love–to spend your time doing your art–the kind of work that energizes and inspires you, just grows ever stronger, and so does the discomfort in staying in the status quo.
How do you address this discomfort when it’s not practical to just up and leave your job to do what you love? (which also begs the question when is it ever practical to up and leave your job?)
And, personally, I don’t think it serves anyone to base the decision on whether or not to pursue your passion on whether it is practical for you…passion isn’t practical.
The concept of practicality is a concept of the mind, it’s about what’s logical based on circumstance; it is rooted in survival. but passion isn’t based on logic or survival, it’s a different energy, it’s based on love and desire to create, simply for the joy of creating.
There are key things you can do to help you do more of your passion:
1. Shift your perspective to seeing your job as supporting your art.
I know it may seem like your day job is getting in the way of doing what you love. After all, you’re spending 8 to 10 hours of your day at an office instead of working on what you love to do, whether that’s writing, travel, art, learning a new healing modality…whatever your passion is.
Well if you’d rather be doing something else, why are you still at your job? Because you have bills to pay, because you have a family to feed and it’s just not financially practical, etc, right?
I understand. And if you just upped and quit your job to follow your passion, it would be really tough to stay in a creative space (or enjoy traveling, if you love travel) because you’re worried about whether you can pay your rent or afford groceries.
So, in effect, your job supports you in taking care of your basic needs so that more of your energy can be directed toward creative pursuits instead of trying to survive.
But still, I know the situation is not ideal. You want to spend more time doing what you love.
2. Do more of your art.
So spend more time doing what you love. It seems very simple, but let me explain.
There are energetic advantages to actually doing more of your art. When you are doing what you love—writing, traveling, healing work—whatever it may be, you have more energy, in fact you feel infused with energy.
You’ve experienced it before, right? You’re working on your art, you’re on a roll, you lose track of time, it’s way past midnight but you’re not even tired! But when you do go to bed, you can’t wait to get up early and start working on it again.
Doing what you’re inspired to do, when you’re aligned with your Soul Purpose, fuels you with more physical and creative energy. So even when you’re tired, even when it’s inconvenient, I encourage you to experiment with doing more of your art.
If it is truly what fuels you, it will help provide the energy to get through the other work that takes away your energy.
3. Create a plan to make it so.
While doing more of what you love to do does provide you more energy, we all know that there’s only so many hours in the day, and even as spiritual beings we still have to consider our physical circumstances like minding our health.
Working all the time, even if it is doing what we love, is not sustainable. We still need to eat, sleep, get exercise, spend time with our friends and family—all those things fuel us too, and contribute to fulfillment in our lives.
So how do we integrate all those other things that we love to do and that enhance our human experience? It is imperative to create plan to integrate more of those activities into your life.
And since there are only so many hours in the day, this may plan may mean displacing things that are not contributing to your fulfillment.
This means creating boundaries between what is part of your path and what isn’t part of your path, both physically and intentionally or energetically.
Saying no to what’s not part of your path can be hard to do because it may upset other people’s expectations (or maybe your perception of their expectations).
But the more aligned we are with our true purpose and the clearer our life purpose is, the stronger we are in standing in our truth and following our purpose.
What is the most challenging part of saying no and standing in your truth? I welcome your comments and perspective below!