There are two kinds of decisions that a person can make at any given time. One of them is based solely on obligations. Many people find themselves in jobs that they hate specifically because of this reason. The job itself is not fulfilling but there is an obligation to provide for a family or even just for yourself so you continue on. The other kind of decision is one that is based on your passion. That is where we will spend our time today.
What are you passionate about and to what lengths would you go to experience those things? For years, I worked in a variety of jobs out of necessity, not really doing anything that I enjoyed but merely surviving. I had to have a job if I wanted to have a home. I needed to have a job if I intended to continue to have a legally licensed vehicle. The jobs weren’t terrible. I worked at McDonald’s flipping burgers. I made headlights at North American Lighting. I put together Oprah magazine at R&R Donnelly’s. I worked in the dairy department for Wal-Mart and even drove a fork truck for Coca Cola for a few months.
Those jobs were fine. They paid the bills. I definitely was not passionate about them.
My daughter was provided for and my wife had a reliable husband but I found very little fulfillment in my work. I was definitely there out of an obligation. Many people will get stuck at this point and their life becomes a long complaint about their decision.
What am I passionate about?
What would I think about while I was at work?
Where would my mind wander to when I began daydreaming?
We all find ourselves in that place. It’s not a bad thing to take a job out of obligation but you will inevitably begin thinking about what it is you really want to do.
For me, it was the ministry.
My passion was in bringing Christ to those who were without. Now, I know what you are thinking. Why couldn’t I just do that at my job? That’s a good question that I am not really sure how to answer.I probably could have. But, I felt dead at work. I needed to pursue my passion.
My last day at Coca-Cola was sometime in the late fall of 2007. I haven’t stopped chasing my passion since. It has taken me behind the pulpit of a church. Beyond that, it put me into a children’s home setting that has put 70 behaviorally challenged teenage boys in my care and has ultimately brought me from Illinois to Virginia.
When you make your decisions out of obligations, you spend your life thinking, “What if….”
When you make your decisions based on your passions, you spend your life thinking, “What’s next…”
And, as the image at the top of this post displays, when you chase your passions in life, there really is no end to what you will do to achieve them. Maybe there are just a few things you could change about yourself right now to start down a road towards your passion. Maybe you need to go back to school to really follow your dreams. Sit down tonight and examine your life. Are you making your decisions based upon what you’re passionate about? Or are you simply fulfilling an obligation of some sort?
Maybe it’s time to try something new. Maybe it’s time to walk down a new road.