Passion Projects: Making Time for What You Love

So college is cool and all because the idea of higher education and of pursuing and honing in on your craft is wonderful. But what is four years of institutionalized learning if you have nothing to show for it? Is it really worth it if you don't have any work that you are passionate about and want to share with others because you're genuinely proud of it?

Why add to the assembly line system of people passing through classes and being handed a diploma just with a different name and grade point averages?

To me, college is all about taking risks, using the resources you've been provided to learn as much as you can, asking stupid questions, creating the kind of art you're both afraid of and in love with. Doing the things you've always wanted to do and never had the courage to. Four years to mess everything up, risk it all and learn from your mistakes.

What is it that holds us back from pursuing our dreams?

Fear, expectations, excuses.

It's not the right time. I don't know how. I don't have the time. I don't have the money. 

It's what separates those that say and those that do; it separates those that dream things up and those that make things happen. 

What's to lose? So you fail your assignment 'cause you went to big? So you wrote a risky, vulnerable piece and now everyone knows something intimate about you? So you tried out singing in front of others and you're still off-key? At least you did it. 

Cliché as it sounds, you'll never know until you try. 

So try again and again and again. 

Dedicate time to your passions. Carve out space and time and make them a priority. Your aspirations matter. Your passions matter. So start treating them like they do. 

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