We have been lied to. It took some figuring out but I finally got there. As we grow up, the world and society tell us that we can do 3 or 5 things in life. There are limitations put around us, like cages. The latter are invisible, but they are as real as they get. I don’t want to throw blame out the window and target anyone particularly. I will not blame others for my own shortcomings and failures. I am merely criticizing a system that is set to limit our inherent and great potential. We live, study, work and exist by obeying society’s rules and most of them make sense to be honest. Yet, I believe we are not told enough that we can do whatever we want. My parents never told me what to do or who to be, therefore I cannot blame them. They have been nothing but amazing in supporting me. So, my failures lie with me. I believe we are told by society that dreams are just that, fantasies floating in our little brains that will never materialize. I also do believe that in 2018 people are more and more open about living their lives how they see fit more than anytime in history. We have that to cherish.

I do insist that there are few parents who say and especially believe that the sky is the limit and that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Perhaps, it stems from their own limitations they had to endure growing up in a world that was more conservative than ours. Can we really blame them for seeing the world a certain way? Not really. Even if they do encourage us, we always find a reason to shoot ourselves in the foot and walk away from our dreams. Can we blame the set of rules drawn by society? Can we blame ourselves? I’d rather we blame ourselves and work on repairing that injustice set by others before we were born. So, that is why I am taking this route by asking you to work on your craft and live your passion.

It doesn’t matter what your craft or passion is. Work on it. Embrace it, live your passion. Whether you are good at it or not, it does not matter at all. Keep working on it. We all have that one thing that we love above everything else, that one thing that makes us happy, that one thing that makes us forget everything. It is in everyone, every single one of us. Do not let others or society convince you that only a few have passions and hobbies. We all do. Let’s just say that some are more obsessed with their passion than others.

I am not obsessed with my passion of story as much as I think I am but it is the thing I love. It is the thing that I cannot stop doing, no matter what happens around me. I work on this writing thing everyday, several hours a day without knowing it. I write, read, rewrite, delete, erase and write again. I write in the bus, in the metro, during my lunch at work, I even write as I am walking like an idiot but I have yet to bump into people or hurt someone. Sometimes my texts don’t make sense. I start over and then it makes a bit more sense. If that persists, I start over once again and I make it make more sense, until I am satisfied.

That is my passion, that is my thing. You must have one too. I am sure you do. We all do. We all have interests, it is mathematically impossible that you would have no interest whatsoever. Again, it doesn’t matter what it is. Just live your passion. If you can live off your passion, then more power to you. We need more people like you. We need more daring people who would go out there and fight, struggle so they can live off their passion. I would love to do that, I don’t think anything would make me happier than that. Make a living from writing? It isn’t even close to Dr King’s dream but damn, that would be the sweetest thing ever, for me.

However, if you want to live off your craft, it means you are extremely good at it. No one gets extremely good at something by not working on their craft. Hard work will beat talent any day. Talent is a natural ability to be good at something. Hard work is putting the hours, days, months, years and decades so you could be good, nay excellent at something. Talented people aren’t lazy, but they might tend to not work hard at something that comes naturally to them, thanks to human nature, not that it is a rule among talented people. Hard work can turn the thing that you love into habits, reflexes, second nature behavior if you work at it long enough. I will bet you anything that someone who works exceptionally hard at something, will beat a talented individual who works moderately. I will bet you that any day of the week. Hard work beats talent. Period.

Your craft needs to flourish, to breathe, to get better. Plus, I don’t want to hear the “I don’t have time” bullshit excuse. Finding excuses to not do something is our human pastime and go-to excuse. If you love something, you will find time for it. If it is important to you, you will find time. There is always time to work on your craft, always. If you love your craft hard enough, you will make the time, you will find the time, I promise you.

Work on your craft as much as you can. Do not do it for money or for validation. Do it for yourself. Do it because you want, not because you must. Work on your craft because you get happiness from it, because you love creating, because you love that thing. Work on your craft regularly. Work on your craft because by doing that, you will feel a sense of happiness, a sense of purpose, a sense of pride in accomplishing something that is yours. It doesn’t matter what it is. Nobody cares what it is, only you so just do it. Excuses to not do it are countless and there is one reason to do it: because you want it.

Just one man’s opinion…Just a man who is living his passion everyday and couldn’t be happier.

Now, smile, work on your craft and go on with your day.

Freeman. B

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