Every now and then I always go through a phase of feeling guilty of pursuing a path I find to be the easiest for me. This led me to realize that the hardest path is not always the right path to follow.Throughout my university career as well as my professional life so far, I have found myself excelling in courses and roles I put the least amount of effort in. That being said, all these courses were my electives, especially the ones involved in the category of art and art history, while the tasks that I enjoyed the most at work were of the creative nature. Regardless though, these are the works that have come the easiest to me and have brought in the most recognition.
I have always found myself wondering whether pursuing a career in the creative industry is just me trying to escape hard work since it comes so easy to me. Courses such as finance and accounting have always been the most torturous ones to go through and I always end up with a shitty mark. When it came to work, tasks that involved reports and paperwork seemed the hardest to accomplish, the kind I could never, ever seem to get right. In all honesty though, despite investing countless hours into the coursework or the tasks, I recognize I didn’t really invest my brain in it. I just couldn’t.
Whereas, on the other hand, I realize I invest more brain power than hours in tasks or courses that I really have an interest in. This, in turn, makes me feel like I am cruising through, not really putting in a lot of effort. This further leads to me developing this somewhat of an illusion that I am trying to escape hard work by pursuing a path that seems to be relatively easier.
This, I realized today, is not true.
Just because something comes easier to you does not mean pursuing that path is a no no. It is okay to be good at something without feeling like you’re breaking your neck for it. In fact, I believe that should be the path you decide to follow.
Doing something you love will require you to invest both your brain power and time. However, you’ll always feel like you’re cruising through because you’ll enjoy the struggle, at least I do. Regardless of the fact that I do spend most of my nights struggling to teach myself new tricks in photoshop and illustrator; which do not always come easily btw, I do not feel like I am dragging myself through hell.
Now, if I were to spend the same brain power and time trying to figure out the NVP of an investment of a firm in a project for my finance assignment, I’d be drained and frustrated by the end of it. So, does that mean I should pursue that path just because it
tortures challenges my intellect? I don’t think so.
Time and time again, I am getting convinced that we should follow the path that suits our intellect and passion not the one that suits our pockets or the views of our society. Yes, it is a better idea to pursue a path intelligently in order to meet the key elements to your survival, such as having a decent salary, but going beyond that is just not worth it.
I’d rather be earning enough to pay my rent and bills and having a career that quenches my creative and intellectual thirst than having a career that quenches the thirst of my bank account at the expense of my hopes and dreams.
To be honest, I wrote this article when I was in my 3rd year university and decided to revamp it a bit because it is still so relevant in my life. During my final year of university, I decided to take the plunge and apply to a design school to pursue my second degree in Design. Now, I am working full time as a Marketing Coordinator, while I study Graphic Design at the prestigious OCAD U.
Considering my interest and passion in storytelling in terms of design and photography, I decided to focus on my Instagram, as well as my blog, and have developed a very healthy following and continue to grow even more every day. I followed my dreams and listened to my passion, which led me here and continue to inspire me to search within myself some more so I can consistently find paths I’d love to take. I am actually so lucky to be alive in an era where we have platforms that make it so easy to express our art and our voices. Thanks to Instagram and my blog, I feel more inspired and motivated to live an intentional life. My brain is always working on my next shoot, each time trying to better the last. My style in terms of photography and design is evolving and it is mainly due to the fact that I hold so much passion for these two media that I strive to experiment and better as the time goes by. Having a blog and Instagram requires consistency and commitment, this pushes me to continue and not stop as I know there are others that are expecting of me – and I am so glad that is the case 🙂
I have never been so sure of myself and of what I want in my life. This epiphany only came to me because I was in search of it; I was in search of myself and my soul. I continuously questioned myself and asked myself what I felt and why. Such interrogations made me realize my weaknesses and strengths so that I could fix the cracks, while hone my advantages and strive to achieve what I truly want.
A quote by Atticus really gets to me, it says, “We humans are tortured by not properly guessing what makes us happy.” I truly love this quote because it reflects the state most of us are in. When we don’t realize who we are and what we want, we just run around blindly in circles always ending up with yet another failed attempt of finding happiness. If we stop listening to the noise and search within, we will find what makes us happy and realize that it is not all that hard to achieve after all.
I hope I continue to stay determined on this journey as I am right now. Happiness really is a state of mind, provided you really get to know your mind.
Until next time, lovelies!