Tumblr is a social media that is seriously under appreciated. That website is full of poetic assholes that I want to be friends with. The other day I came across a quote that really hit home, and I wanted to share it with those of you who haven’t yet discovered it via the internet. Sadly I couldn’t figure out the true author, but wow would I like to sit down and have a cup of coffee with them.
“It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do.” It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passion, as many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forrest and just enjoy the trees.”
Could not have said it better myself. “This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forrest and just enjoy the trees.”
Recently I’ve been losing sight of who I am and who I want to become. I lost touch with the things I’m passionate for. When you’re a kid you know your niche without even realizing you’ve found it. Mine in particular was being apart of choir, but come college, the only organized singing I do is to Jon Bellion in the midst of a hot shower. What’s even harder than not knowing what you’re passionate about, is being aware of it, but letting fear of judgement stand in your way. Photography was something I absolutely loved, but ridicule from strangers over the quality of my work left me ditching my camera for good. And of course we’d all like to say, “who cares about someone else’s opinion?”, but I can confirm that my own self doubts were eventually the reason I discarded that pastime, but the initial push came from the concerns I was hearing about myself.
Sophomore year of college you’re expected to have found and carved yourself a path. Majors are decided and from worry of wasting time (& money I might add), students attempt to follow one distinct path with little wiggle room for change. I for one have no idea what I want to do, or what classes I’ll enjoy. Being expected to choose your life by a certain date is unrealistic and honestly unhealthy. Can one ever be sure that they’ve chosen correctly? I argue no. We aren’t living to fulfill one certain destiny driven purpose. We’re here to learn and just be, with the hope that some happiness comes of it.
So stop glorifying the search for your purpose and just start living, because what happens if you never find it? Don’t let all that searching take away from just being. You shouldn’t think of life as this cookie cutter mold we all follow. Truth is no one knows what they’re doing. We’re all out here pretending that we do, and finding joy in the moments in between.