Find your passion so you can stop wishing your life away

I truly believe that passion starts with choice and the decision to follow what lights your fire changes absolutely everything.

It doesn’t matter where you come from, what your background is, or circumstances are, if one has that inner fire burning you need to realise it and do something about it. Every one of us has potential to make a difference, but you need to start somewhere, get out there, start it, and do it unapologetically. The choice to do something different starts with you.

We all have to “make ends meet”, income streams are important, we can still follow our passions and be a responsible person. If you are lucky your passion becomes your income stream. In most cases it’s something which you do as a calling or fulfillement. My passion is writing, through my writing to make a difference. I am always encouraging people to follow their bliss.

For me personally, I had strong women in my life, from my mother who was widowed young and had five children to raise on her own. Way back in the 70’s. She did it all on her own. My aunts, paternal and maternal, many were widowed as well carved their own paths. These women were icons for me, so I have no excuses.

Now I am taking it to the next level. Helping other women to shatter that glass ceiling. Many of us have just settled for mediocrity; we accept things even though we know it can be better or we deserve much better. Many of us say we don’t have a choice. YOU have the power of choice …

We sit in a café, they serve us a bad cup of coffee and we remain silent. When will we actually say “I want a better cup of coffee” yet do it with grace and a smile? If you don’t like anything on the menu on that day; leave – both figuratively and literally. It’s fine to say no, to change your mind because you just don’t want to eat what’s there, maybe next time you will want what they are offering. It’s not about the coffee or menu selection – it’s about you having a choice. We have the power of choice and the belief that you have the power to change your life.

We have the choice to follow our passion or stifle it. I know every woman, has her own version of complicated. But this is your own life’s adventure, there will always be fire breathing dragons on your a$$, how much exciting would life be if you could use that sword you have to fight those dragons and follow what you have always dreamt about. Never be afraid, to make a change in your life, to follow what’s in your heart.

Once you achieve that, it becomes easier to change bigger things. Be true to yourself first and you will see that the right people gravitating towards you, and soon you won’t be fighting those dragons’ alone.

Maya Angelou hit the nail right on the head when she said that you shouldn’t go through life wearing a catcher’s mitt on both hands, you need to be able to throw something back.

You need to choose to follow your passion, whether it’s painting, sculpturing, or having a masterclass right in your kitchen with your friends, just because they always ask you about your favourite recipes. What’s stopping you?

Change can only happen when you are honest with yourself and start doing what you love, and what truly makes you happy. I know and hear so many women saying, “This is my life, what do I do, maybe this is how it was meant to be.”

Find your passion, and I assure you will stop “inadvertently” wishing your life away.

No one is going to make a change in your life.

You need to start creating your own next best thing. You need to start enjoying each moment of your life, because we all know life is short, the worst would be looking back in regret of lost opportunities. You are stronger than you give yourself credit for, maybe it’s time you gave yourself a chance in a way be a little selfish and carve a legacy for you. We all have something within ourselves that’s screaming to come to the surface, let’s not stifle our inner callings.

Passion and Purpose with Choice.

About Saffiya Ismail

Born in Pietermaritzburg, she now resides in Johannesburg and says her most important role in life is being a mother. Saffiya is a freelance writer. A contributing author in “Riding the Samoosa Express” (Anthology launched 21st March 2015). With a second chapter submitted for the next book, Saffiya says her passion is writing.

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