Have you ever been told to follow your passions? Have you heard anyone say follow your passion and the money will follow? I think that’s generally sound advice–with one noteworthy problem. How do you come to an understanding about what your passion is?
The truth is many people struggle to even understand what they’re passionate about, and I was no exception. I have a lot of interests. I was one of those person who didn’t have a favorite subject in school because I was fascinated by all of them. I have a lot of hobbies, and I’ve looked into a lot of possible career paths. I haven’t pursued most of them for various reasons, but that’s a different story.
When I first started looking at blogging, I thought it would be a great thing for me to do, both as a hobby and a potential money-earner. I learned a lot about what makes a popular blog, how to monetize it, etc. I thought it seemed like a great thing to do. I love writing, I love communicating with people, and I love the idea of being able to make a few bucks by spilling my thoughts out into the world. I’ve started a few different blogs before this one, and they all failed completely within a month or two. I set them up, found themes, poked around the internet for other people in the niche I was going for, got all excited about writing… and then discovered that when it came down to it, I didn’t have anything to say. After a while, I came to a conclusion that maybe blogging just really wasn’t for me.
And that brings to me to the realization that brought this blog into being. Recently, I’ve been going to a lot of workshops about relationships, sexuality, communication, and how to generally understand and learn to be whatever you are. Through that experience, I realized that ultimately those topics are something I want to do with my life. I spent the next two months being excited about topics covered in those workshops, talking to people whenever possible, and all in all spending a lot of time thinking about it. Even then, it didn’t fully click until a friend of mine pointed out during one of these conversations, sometime around two in the morning, that a passion is that thing that makes you want to stay up all night talking about it. Well, guess what we were doing right then? I realized at that moment that most of the conversations that have kept me engrossed into the wee hours of the morning were along similar lines. What makes people tick? How do they relate to each other? What stories and rules have we as a society constructed without even realizing it? Contrary to my previous experiences of not having anything to say, I realized I had just discovered a topic that I was more excited about than I have been about anything in years, and that for the past several weeks, I’ve been talking about it nearly endlessly.
So that’s why I’m here, and how I discovered I should be. I want to contribute to the discussions our society needs to have. I want to help break down perceptions that aren’t serving us as a collective anymore, and I want to get other people involved in that conversation. I want to do it because I hope it will make the world a better place, and because frankly, it’s just something I love talking about. If I happen to make a few dollars doing it, then so much the better. But even if I don’t, I fully believe that putting my thoughts out there, on its own, will make me happy.
And in the end, that’s what blogging is about, don’t you think?