10 February 2014

"Just a girl who decided to go for it"

The other day Gemma Vendetta, the ever so lovely vintage hair and makeup artist, posted the above quote on her Facebook page. So simple, yet so perfect.

One day later whilst emailing a regular contact at my day job, I let them know that I was soon leaving to pursue my passion for cake decorating.

Her response was the usual 'Wow! You go girl!' but then followed by 'I often wonder what it would be like to have the guts to chase your real dream job…'

For some reason, this struck a chord with me. How many of us out there are sitting in 9 to 5 jobs just to pay the bills, when we know we should be doing something else? Something more?

How many of you reading this have a passion that you've never considered doing full time because you didn't think it was realistic?

This is something I've always been terrified of. In high school when my teachers were pressuring me to go to University, I argued that I didn't care if I was penniless in a shoe box apartment for my whole life, as long as I could do what I loved. Of course, at the time I didn't know what it was that I loved.

It took me a number of years to figure it out, and even longer to gain the confidence to apply for an overseas college and quit my job. I am so very lucky to have a supportive family behind me, and most of all a best friend (and partner in crime) who believes in me and always encourages me to strive for greatness and chase my dreams. Without their support, I wouldn't be able to do this.

So to the young lady emailing me from her desk job.
To those who are too scared to chase their dream job.
To you if you have never even considered pursuing your passion.

Why the heck not?!

Take the risk. It might not pay off. It might be scary. You might end up back home with your parents with no money left, like I probably will after my trip... but gee whiz, you'll have one hell of a story to tell!

On that note, I'll leave you with a quote from the 1997 animated film 'Cat's Don't Dance'.

"Why are you so determined to make a fool of yourself?" 
"I just want to do the thing that I love. Doesn't everyone?"

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