For a long time, I put my passions aside for what I believed to be the good of my family. Some of my passions cost money. They all cost time. And in 2003, as a new mother, I now had a child that needed ALL of my time.
I’ve had a lot of abandoned hobbies and passions over the years. Many of them sit untouched in my basement. I am a serial hobbyist.
The violin (deep discount on eBay).
The scrapbooking gear (I’ve only ever created three scrapbook pages since I stocked up on everything in 2003). I really think that I could get into scrapbooking.
The knitting stuff (I traveled all around Atlanta looking for the best yarns and got these HUGE knitting needles but have yet to even open the instruction book).
The oil paints (someday I should really try that again).
And much more. All abandoned because of time.
It took me years to realize that I was worth it. I was worthy of giving myself time to devote to my passions. I just needed to discover them again.
The first thing that I discovered is that my biggest passion is my family. I adore them!
If I hadn’t been an experimenter, I never would have re-discovered my childhood passion of writing. For years I thought who would read what I wrote? One day it hit me, that I knew at least ten people who care so why not do it for them? And the few magazines and websites that wanted to pay me for writing. I also started a blog.
My advice to you is to find your passion. Pursue it. Experiment. Take the time to discover your passion(s) or even the time to devote to your current passion. You are worth it!
Disclosure: This post was the entry into the Mabel’s Labels BlogHer ‘10 Contest. The directions- Write a post on your blog in response to the following hypothetical situation: Electrical storms are going to wipe out the Internet (perhaps forever). You have one day left to write about your passions: what do you want to say to the blogosphere in 300 words or less?
Contest details here.