I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. As I continue my yoga teacher training studies, I often wonder: will I lose my passion for yoga if it becomes my career?
Let me rewind. Two years ago I paused my somewhat successful writing and publishing businesses because I began to find that as it was my sole source of income, I had become focused on the monetary side of things and subsequently I lost my passion for the writing. Not only did I lose my motivation to write, anytime I tried to craft something it seems that my creativity had vanished, too.
Now I’m “back in the saddle” and feeling recharged to write, both for my self and for clients, I’m learning how to strike a balance that will pay the bills but not leave me with “writing fatigue”.
I recently reached out to the readers of my former online magazine, The Write Lifestyle, and explained my story. I asked if anyone could relate, and got back some very interesting answers…
“I’m not writing much because I’m so focused on my job, but it lingers in my head and calls me to come back. If only I’d listen. Best, Vivian”
“What works for me, what keeps me going, is to remind myself of a question I asked myself about a year or so ago when I had asked myself for the hundredth time if I should just give up, “Do you love it enough that you’d do it for free?” And the answer, Yes, yes, I do! So, I keep writing, keep sharing it with the world, and keep reminding myself that I write because I need to. Plain and simple. All the best, Tina”
“…the dream of writing a novel or screenplay got put on the back burner long ago, but after binge-watching all seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2016, I became a Larry David fan and started paying more attention to what he says… “When you’re not concerned with succeeding, you can work with complete freedom.” So one of my creative goals is to give the screenplay dream another try, and to follow Larry’s advice this time. – Karen”
“My answer to keep my writing sacred, as you put it, was to go into editing instead. Since I love tinkering with words and my writing experience helps me slip into the shoes of another writer’s creative processes, it was the right butter for my bread… By doing this, I found that I can do the “dry” stuff 9-to-5 and then really get creative with my own personal projects after work. – Marlene”
“I have found that the writing, not the publishing, is my own introverted way of being a creative. My way is to simply write and get on with life, setting no goals and being happy when something goes right. – Christina”
“…like you once I start thinking money I obsess over everything but whether or not I love the story. – Maria”
“My writing has taken a back seat since I moved to full-time reporting – writing has become another thing I do for work, and the inclination to write something creative has all but disappeared. Sometimes I wonder if I should leave this job to get that old spark back… – Cynthia”
“I’m happy to report that though I’m always beating myself up for not making money from my writing, I’m loving the writing. – Juliet”
“I have to tell you, I totally identify with what you wrote about author fatigue. I just went through over a year of it, and only now am I rediscovering the joy of the art. – Jenna”
It seems that I’m not alone. Whilst I didn’t exactly come up with a magic solution to my ongoing query, it was interesting to hear these different perspectives.
Is pursuing your passion as a career a terrible idea? Is the dream simply “too good to be true?”
As I try to find balance in my life by doing what I love for work – but not so much that it becomes a chore – I’d love to hear your story! How can we keep our creative careers – for me, writing and yoga – sacred?
– Pep ❤