Do What You Love

Brian - Fort Collins, Colorado
Entered on November 5, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

A couple of years ago, in sixth grade, my teacher asked the class what we wanted to be when we grew up. Many of my peers had answers right away. They said they wanted to be doctors, lawyers, or engineers. I found myself at a loss. I suddenly realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. As I sat there I found myself worrying and thinking about my future. When it was my turn to share with the class I didn’t know what to say. I felt embarrassed and almost ashamed that I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I got older. Then, a thought occurred to me. I realized that it didn’t matter what I was doing or how much money I was making, all that mattered was that I was happy. Ever since then I have believed in doing what you love.

I don’t know if there is such a thing as true happiness in life. At this point in my life I don’t think I have experienced it yet. But I do think if you find something you love doing and you are happy, that is true success.

My mind is constantly in a whirlwind of perplexing thought. There is always something there, something in the back of my head. This makes me question everything. I go back and forth so much about right and wrong and my beliefs in life. The only thing that ever stays constant is my belief in doing what you love. If you are doing something that you love then the rest will follow.

At the points in my life where I am the most unhappy I realize that the biggest reasons for my unhappiness aren’t the people or circumstances surrounding me, it is mainly my fault. A lot of the time I find myself dwelling on these things instead of taking the necessary time to be sad and moving on with my life. Once I start doing things what I love and surrounding myself by people who make me happy I become much happier. I believe that the only key to true success in life is doing what you love.