Don’t Take a Job You’re ‘Good’ At, Find One You’re Passionate About
We’re all in a weird phase that I guess we are ‘cringingly’ calling the ‘new normal.’ Restaurants are opening up, but we can’t dine inside, we can walk around freely, but we have to wear a mask, travel restrictions are ending, but there aren’t any direct flights. We are living in a world of contradictions. And similarly to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there is hope and fear — but the balance has anxiously flipped.
My passion saved me during the lockdowns
For me, spending the lockdown at home in Boston with my husband was relatively uneventful, for which I am extremely grateful. However, as a person who is typically traveling the world the sudden stoppage was very dramatic internally. I was used to going, going, going and I found myself suddenly on pause — not a pleasant feeling. An emotion somewhere between grief, confusion and bewilderment. However, what always kept me going was the hope of that next trip, that first trip post-whatever-this-was.
If I had been working at a traditional 9-to-5, I don’t know how I would have handled the lockdown. What kept me focused and relatively upbeat was being able to dive into my work, which I had created out of my passion for travel.
I’ve written about how the lockdown taught me to dream again, but as I’ve reflected on this further, I’ve realized that my love for travel is what really kept me going. Passion is a tricky thing, it can consume you when you don’t want it to, but it can also save when you need it more than anything else. And in this case, my passion for travel was just the salvation that I needed while trapped inside a one-bedroom apartment.
Diving into my work
I wrote blog posts about travel plans post-lockdown, I flipped through image after image on my computer, I re-watched travel videos we’ve made and I scrolled through my own travel website for inspiration. I created lots of content around planning for the future, places to go and how to make the best out of working from home.
I think the reason we are drawn to travel is that it is the fastest path towards something that we ourselves are not. For example, I’m just a girl from rural Massachusetts, but when I travel I can become a wine expert, an art connoisseur and a fashionista — all in the span of a weekend trip to Paris. We get to experience things that while are not part of our own culture, are a part of our consciousness; the things we’ve read, researched and learned about come to life when we travel. And I thrive on that.
The gift of travel is one that truly keeps on giving. During the quarantine, I spent hours not only researching all the future trips I would take, but reliving all the trips I’ve taken in the past.
Finding your passion
Digging into the depths of digital photo albums has to be one of the most cathartic things on the planet. Thousands of photos, videos and boomerangs of panoramic views, scenic hikes, historic museums and even of things as mundane as another city’s public transportation or an Uber with music playing in a language that I don’t speak, just gets my blood pumping. Exploring cultures other than my own is my pride and joy and after months in lockdown, that passion has certainly been rekindled.
Having that passion to dive into while the world was on hold was a true solace and for that I am thankful. And now in this time of great uncertainty, I have begun to explore once again — and I don’t care that it’s just to the local restaurant patio down the street because even that is a new experience for me once again!
Find what gets your blood pumping and figure out how to build a career around that. Reach out to your favorite YouTuber and ask them how they got started, start a food Instagram, create TikTok makeup tutorials — whatever it is don’t be afraid to chase a passion. I was able to turn mine into a dream job and while I never thought I would be dreaming about work, that’s all I did when I was stuck at home during the quarantines.