“There will be people that will say you can’t make a living out of something you love to do. But are you really living by not doing it?” -Olan Rogers
To me, there seems to be an unspoken idea that nowadays so many people follow to the point that it’s become a rule. It goes something like this: high school is the most important time to plan and prepare for the rest of your life, so you better know what you want to do and work really hard to go to a good college so you can pursue it. Then you have to spend thousands of dollars to go to a college learning about it - meanwhile building up debt - only to get a job with enough pay to pay off the debt you had in the first place. Sound familiar? It may sound a little sad too, but I think for a lot of people it’s true. Ever since the idea of college came into my mind, I never wanted anything but to make sure I would be in college for the right reasons. This came into play especially once I had found my love for photography.
Since freshman year of high school I’ve been set on making a career for myself with photography. My dream is to have my own business working for myself, doing my own thing. When it comes to making a living out of it, I know, it can be a little risky. But thankfully I discovered it at such a young age, so my love and passion for it has grown so much that, I could never have a steady pay and I would still spend the rest of my life doing it. Like the quote above, - which I am a wholehearted believer in - doing what I love equals actually living. If you think about it, the term ‘making a living’ sounds much more tedious and harder than just plain ‘living.’ I don’t want my career to become something that I need to make me live, but I want the career itself to be how and why I live.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea of going to college to get a steady job and work hard at it is a good thing. But have you ever asked yourself, and I mean really asked yourself: why do you do what you do? We’ve heard the cliche so many times: “Do what you love, love what you do.” I’ve always associated that statement with a career choice. I don’t want to do it if I can’t do it with passion and enjoy it enough to work hard at it, no matter how hard it may get.
We've also heard the statement along the lines of, “you only have one life to live” so why would anyone want to spend it doing something they ‘have’ to, or just do it because it’s the ‘right thing to do’ or because ‘everyone else is doing it.’ I would tell that person to really step back and take a second and see if they’re really doing what they love and are loving what they’re doing. For me, that’s enough to make me really want to do whatever it takes to end up content and even excited about what I do. Imagine if everyone was excited and really passionate about what they did with their lives in their careers. I’ll bet it would be a much more fun and exciting world to live and make a living in.
I feel really blessed because photography has been such a fun and big part of my life, so I've known that it’s my chosen career choice for a long time now. But knowing what you want to do is only half the battle. So, what’s next? What are you gonna do with it? How are you going to be successful with it? And, is it worth doing for the rest of your life? Let me just say that I know that this is something worth doing for the rest of my life. Now what will I do with it? Well, because it’s something that I’m so passionate about, thankfully these questions aren't too hard to answer. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to be the best that I can at what I do and enjoy it fully. I’m ready for late nights working on projects, I’m ready for working with whoever I can and reaching out to people to get myself out there.
I’m ready to really live and I’m excited for what’s ahead.