Not everything we’re passionate about are meant to be turned – cannot be turned – into a financial resource. Many things we are interested with or naturally good at are better off untamed, without any pressure to become anything more.
I saw this happen with my art. A couple of years ago I tried to take my visual art “to the next level”. I wanted it to become a financial resource for me and not just a hobby. I had a blast and I felt satiated because I just accomplished one of my greatest dreams.
Along the way I had to admit, though, that I couldn’t turn it into a profitable business not because it didn’t have the potential, but because its sole purpose in my life was to bring me joy. It wasn’t an easy thing to admit to myself, but nonetheless, liberating.
By pressuring my art to become something other than its purpose I was sucking the life and magic out of it. I was also putting a burden onto myself. Eventually, I just had to give it up and kept on with my search for my next day job.
Looking at the bigger picture, it’s not so bad having a day job and a separate life of passionate pursuits. Sometimes it’s the only thing we can do, anyway, to keep our passions alive.
I just gave up the vision of turning my art into a profitable career/business, but I didn’t give up my commitment to a life of creativity and play.
I don’t think I’m wasting my skills simply by not turning these passions into a profitable business/career. I keep on creating, anyway. My art nourishes my spirit and to me, that reason alone is enough.