“Follow your passion.”
That’s quite idealistic.
“If you don’t like it, then it isn’t meant to be. Just leave it.”
If you’re lucky enough to find a passion that you’re not only good at, but that pays a lot – then you’re set for life.
For many of us, this isn’t the case.
We may have to work at ‘character-building’ jobs that are tough, thankless, stressful, emotionally and physically draining just to pay the bills.
My daughter showed interest in learning piano, but did not seem to have the natural gift for it.
I didn’t either, and no matter how much I practiced, I was never as good as some of the other girls who frequently secured distinction in their exams and got invited for recitals.
She balked against the practice I made her do, especially her scales.
Tears, and meltdowns commonly occured during practice time.
Scales was hard, using both hands, coordinating the keys and using the correct fingering going all the way up to two octaves, and coming down again.
It was impossible!
And I was told that I was too hard on her, by demanding that she stick with it and keep up with the practice.
Again and again.
Until she nailed it.
She understood what I had been trying to explain.
Practice it enough, and it becomes muscle memory, and perfection becomes closer to reach.
When you have to do something you know is good for you, but that you dislike (like going to the gym), then just keep on doing it until it becomes a habit.
Things that are worthwhile having is worth working hard for.
Don’t give it up because it isn’t your ‘passion’.
There is so much value in learning the meaning of grit and perseverance.
Because that’s what gets you through when passion fades.