A comment I made over on Jeremy Hiebert's lifestylism blog sparked some interesting posts on both lifestylism and the ever-eloquent Evelyn Rodriguez' Crossroads Dispatches. They were essentially looking at the question, "Is self-actualization self-indulgence?" Both of these blogs are worth spending some time on.
Though I don't use the term self-actualization in my work, that's really what it's about. If you go back to my definition of passion - "The energy you get by bringing more of YOU into what you do" - it's really about identifying who you are at a core level, what lights you up, what's important and meaningful, and making your career decisions accordingly. It's about taking off the mask and becoming who you are in the work you do day to day.
As I've mentioned before, I sometimes struggle with the fact that the work I do truly is a luxury item. It's hard to think about pursuing your passion when you're worried about putting food in your belly. Each time I start to question if it's really just frivolous in light of all of the serious troubles confronting the world, I inevitably come back to my belief that people who are truly on fire about what they are doing (because what they do is aligned with who they are) will make a positive impact on the world around them.
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