The Shame In Doing What You Love

I hate telling my friends about the things I’d like to do for the rest of my life. Mentioning my blog, my love for photography, my desire to do something just like this for a long time.. it just fills me with this feeling that they, with their dreams of being doctors and dentists, they with their practical lifestyle goals, will mock the things I love. So instead of saying anything, I just keep my mouth shut. I don’t say that I have a blog that I post on weekly, I don’t mention the shoots I do every once in a while or the connections I’ve made to learn more about the industry I am interested in.

Maybe this feeling of shame about the things I love is an irrational feeling. Maybe this fear of telling people what I’d like to do instead of just shrugging and acting like I don’t know is what’s holding me back from showing them that just because a passion isn’t practical or conventional, that doesn’t mean it can’t become something great. Maybe it just feels like the shame of being different. I’m not ashamed of the things I love. I just feel this sense that because it isn’t a conventional dream, because it might not work out and it all depends on the work I put in, it might not even be worth mentioning.

 

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Note to my future self and to anyone else reading this: there is no shame in doing what you love. It doesn’t matter if your dreams are wildly different from everyone else’s. It doesn’t matter if the people around you think you’re insane for pursuing something like that. There is a beauty in embracing the things that make you the happiest and in embracing even your craziest passions. There is a reason our world is so diverse and interesting and it is because people went out there with no shame and no regret, did what they loved, and turned that into a lifestyle, proving to us all that doing what you love is the best way to live your life.

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3 Replies to “The Shame In Doing What You Love”

  1. Hi Camille! Your piece is beautifully penned and connects with the heart and mind. What you shared relating to the “feeling of shame” is something people from all walks of life have faced or are facing, even those who are pursuing “conventional” goals. The difference here is that you have the courage to share your story.

    The fact that you are able to self-assess and pull from such an authentic place within your being is a testament to the decision you have made to live a full life as the phenomenal person you are and the amazing person you are becoming each day. Keep your chin up and your head held high as you chart your own path of greatness.

    -Josiah

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  2. I figure the only people who dare to dream big are the ones to achieve it. Who wants to live their life settling with a job they dislike if you can spend your life fighting (and hopefully succeeding) in and for it? I think the latter is more romantic and courageous šŸ™‚

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