A great read, thoughts I am sure many of us who did not pursue our art for a safe and conventional life share.
As I enter a new season for publication submissions I am hit with regret.
Some time ago, I made the classic mistake – utterly classic mistake – of choosing the practical over the passion.
My passion was writing, always, and I talked myself out of it. I talked myself out of a life of passion.
Not many people are blessed with an early understanding of what they want to do with their lives. I had that early knowledge and I turned my back on it.
Instead of working towards a degree in writing, I chose psychology and counseling. The subject engaged me but ultimately did not sustain me.
We’re taught not to trust our passion. What ignites us involves flame and flame is dangerous. Fire spreads, burning quickly, and snuffs out. That’s how we’re taught to view passion. Passion burns brightly…until it doesn’t.
But the practical, that’s safe. Right? The…
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