Adversity Answers Ep. 2


Q:: Yo, so, here’s my dilemma bro. I have two passions and only time for one. Woodworking and photography. Both bring me different kinds of joy but the crossover is ‘making’ things, whether it be a cheeseboard or an image. I feel like I need to let go of one so the other can truly flourish because well, if you look up what focus stands for as an acronym, you’ll understand. People keep telling me, just keep both but I’m exhausted from thinking so much about things. Waddaya reckon?

A: Firstly, well I’d say you’re extremely lucky to have found two true passions in life, some people never find theirs. Still, I can clearly see the dilemma here, it’s a time and appropriate level of investment thing, which to be honest I face this same dilemma with many things myself. And how I deal with it (or have dealt with it in the past), I chop and change a lot between ‘passions’ and consequently I’d never finish anything. Plus, I get it, you do need to let go of one so the other can flourish.

However, in terms of actual practical advice, I suppose you need to determine whether these two passions are hobby’s or not, and their worth of importance to you, and if you are serious about them realistically how far can you take it (or either one). Again though, I think you really have to have a long hard think about each passion and its standing in your life, which you could even do with a simple pros and cons list.

But blah blah, to give you another thing to think about, it sorta all comes down to the economic theorem of ‘opportunity cost’ – or in other words what are you foregoing in order to do something else. And what is the associated cost. I mean we all have 24 hours in a day (and a finite time on earth), so which of your passions is the best use of your time?? Which brings the greater good and which is most in line with your values or who you are??

And, I’m sure as you read this (boom) your ‘choice’ will instantly pop into your heart, which from my personal life experience, in this type of matter always go with your heart over your head.

Still, for one final summation, if you do decide that these two passions are just hobbies then I think it’s fine to keep doing both. Yet if you do want to take either to the ‘next level’ then you really are going to have to make a clear choice – and then commit.

Mediocre input means mediocre output.

Good luck.

About Mark

For all things a day-dreamer, a larrikin and an undeniable fighter. Mark advocates for both Adversity and Lyme Disease; and boasts a real passion for green living, nutrition and organic foods. Oh and he's a quadriplegic too. This spirited life coach, with prior background in marketing & advertising, now has more recent aspirations that include becoming a published author, and a business owner too. And when well enough, Mark’s also ticking off his bucket list, and he also volunteers with the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Mark is an ACIM student, an adventurer, and a sneaker collector. His dream is to one day get better and ride a bicycle around Australia.

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