The Catch 22 of Choosing Between Passion and Stability

As a child, we’re expected, even encouraged, to have dreams about our future. This can be anything from president or astronaut, to dreams that seem even more farfetched, like wizard or cat. However, these dreams are looked at fondly by society. So we continued to draw crayon pictures of ourselves as future superheroes, no matter how ridiculous it seemed.

However, as we went through high school and university, it seemed that society had lied to us. In fact the adults that said our dreams were cute, began to say that they were ridiculous. We needed to find real jobs that paid real salaries. And of course, we could never earn six figure salaries or buy homes as a wizard.

To make things even more confusing, we take career tests and read blogs that tell us to become who we really are meant to be.

  • Follow your passions.
  • Money will follow.
  • Where do your real talents and interests lie?
  • You can definitely live that life.
  • Is life all about money?
  • There’s definitely more to life than material goods and stability.
  • You only live one life.
  • Life life to the fullest.

So we become boring and mundane if we pursue a life based on providing us with a stable life. But if we pursue a life of passion, doing what we want to do, we become ridiculous, making unwise decisions and mocked by society (but only if those passions fall outside of what society deems acceptable, like medicine or coding.

So what exactly are we supposed to do?

If only I knew…


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