Thought to ponder today. How do you balance having what will make your soul happy and doing what will pay the bills? For me more specifically, the balance between knowing you have responsibilities to pay the bills etc and therefore must work a job that sucks the soul out of you and doing what you love.
I hear a lot about how you should follow what makes you happy no matter what - but how does one honestly do that, especially in today's economy. At what point does the practical and the desired balance out? I hold it as highly important that I pay all my bills and have the ability to do things I enjoy in life, in order to do that in this economy I have to work a job that pays the bills over one that I am passionate about. Is this selling out? Or is it be sensible? Are they opposing ideas? I have previously in my life managed to have both - to be working the job I love and have the financial security, but my current location doesn't allow for that. So I give up what I love for what pays the bills.
I guess the point is it actually makes me a little mad when I get people telling me that "If I just focus hard enough and put it to the universe I will be able to have both." Sorry I call BS on that. If we all got what we wanted just by putting enough thought into it there would be a whole different world out there. And besides, the people who usually tell me this are living lives I would not want to emulate. I don't want to be dependent on someone else to pay my bills, I don't want to have debt, I don't want to lose my house. I do feel a sense of social responsibility to actually go out and make a living and pay my way in the world.
I'm not doing what I love right now - but I'm working towards it. I'm getting my Masters and we are moving countries in 15months. Its a long term goal, its a practical goal. My life isn't overly balanced right now because of it, and there are times I rant and rave and gnash my teeth over that, but it is the way the world works.