Here’s a quote from Rumi that stopped me in my tracks:
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
We call what we love our passions, our hobbies–and we look to retirement when we can then devote singular time to them. Because of course I can’t quit my job and pursue my (insert interest here)! I mean really, how would I put groceries on the table for my family?!? Raise your hand if this is true for you. (Hang on while I go buy a lottery ticket.)
Notwithstanding practical responsibilities like food, clothing, and shelter, I just realized we don’t have to choose between that and our hobbies. If my passion and dream is to support myself and my family by raising bees and selling honey, I can do that now. Truly. And it doesn’t mean I quit my accounting job at this point. I do both! I live my hobby at the same time that I live my paying job, and give both importance and value.
What happens is that I become so happy, fulfilled, and successful at my passion, that I consider that to be my job! I might pull a paycheck from something else, but the beauty of what I love is what I “do”. And who knows what it will lead to? It opens the door for me to be able to downsize to one job, and look! The bees are now supporting myself and my family! Who knows…?
Don’t wait. But don’t force. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. The rest will flow.