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Passion vs Practical vs Normal (The Long Term)

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With a snap, this idea just suddenly popped out of my head. Personally, I have an attitude where I tend to get easily bored at something. It’s not like a form of indecisiveness, nor like I am a boring person. I just had a sudden thought that is playing in my mind, so I feel like venting it out in here. There are differences among passion, practicality, and normalcy, especially when we are talking about the long-term effects of these three. As I go on further in this topic, I want to remind the readers that these are not mere speculations, but a part of this is based on my personal experiences and how I feel.



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You see, as I continue to grow and learn, I learn one of the best things to continue in life. It is doing your passions. I know, some of you might not agree. Or you might say, it is subjective. I will try not to answer it, instead, give you my personal insights. Passion is a great motivation to one’s self. Yes, you have dreams, goals in life whether it is short-term or long-term. But without passion, probably, you will only fulfill it halfway in your entire life. Fulfillment is a personal choice. It is not based on achieving material things or social status. Fulfillment is synonymous with contentment. Why personal? Because we have different views on this. But believe me, the climax of this will still be about yourself.

Helping your parents, accomplishing a degree, working in a rewarding job, owning a house, conceiving a child, and a hefty bank account. Those are good, but they shouldn’t affect you, nor your passion. I heard people say, they are contented with what they have. That their only goal is to help their parents etc. Again, that is not about doing your passion. Do not interchange passion with obligation (responsibility). I’m telling you now, in the end, you will feel exhausted not doing what you REALLY like.

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Passion is the fullness of what you really like from the bottom of your heart. The fullness of what REALLY matters to you. What you want in life. That no matter what the outcome, at least you did it. No obligation, no blaming, and no regrets. Just because you fell halfway, you will stop. Passion is an emotional attachment to your inner self. That even though you stopped doing it, it will always be within you. It’s okay if you fall, and it’s definitely okay to postpone it for a while. Take a break. But the problem is TIME is irreversible and limited.

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Practicality is an ever-changing trend. Normally, it is seasonal. Why? Say, the trend of the degree people are studying. Two years ago, it was Nursing, then last year it was Education, and now what? Hospitality? Customer Service? Some of us based our decision on the trending degree, or trending job. Again, we are talking about the long term here. Yes, you will help your parents. Yes, you will repay your debts. Yes, you can buy a house and a car, etc. But until when? Sadly, the chances of succeeding in life are minimal. The blame game, folks! I won’t deny that your parents had to do with most of these. But again, pursue your passion after achieving what your parents want you to.

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Normalcy is the state of being normal. Being ordinary. It’s good, in some ways. Unless, you don’t want to grow, not getting the material things you really want, not getting the job you want, not going to your travel destinations, and live your life being mediocre. It is not about being choosy, but do not settle on a lucrative job. Unless it’s the job you passionately want. Being ambitious is not a sin. But being normal will only harbor regrets and a half-ass achievement in life. Being “normal” is not for those whose mindset is to become someone in the future. Being normal is not for visionaries. That is why there is a big difference between the rich and the poor in mindset alone.

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At the end of the day, it’s your life. It’s your experience. No one can dictate your happiness or your state of contentedness. But, I want to let you know, that doing your passion is still the BEST decision. When you are passionate about serving others, there is no gossips and back fighting. When you are passionate about your job, there will be innovations. When you are passionate about whatever you do, there is no weariness and it will pay off to your advantage. And lastly, when you are at the point in your life that you feel tired and disappointed, relax and take a break.

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The Writer’s Heart

Nowadays, there are many “so-called” famous young writers. They are products of either a Writing Competition or the Wattpad. But really, are they that good? Or they are just using their influence to gain readers? And the worst? It’s by creating numerous accounts just to create publicity or gain reads (views) in their works.

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In a generation where stories have gotten cliched, or copying (knowingly or unknowingly) other’s plot has been in almost every story, one cannot know whether it’s still worth it or not.
In an ocean of great books, famous writers, and recycled storylines, how can a mere amateur writer make it to the top? Next to J K. Rowling, Stephen King, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and so forth. Yes, I heard you. It’s through a gimmick.

GIMMICK

I will tell you straight to your face dear, the gimmick is a lame but easiest way to be known. Its success rate depends on two things. First, the gravity of your gimmickry. Some gimmicks of these young writers range from wearing a mask to wearing an all-black, to wearing an eyeglass, to more absurd if not bizarre costumes and the list goes on. Who cares if the story isn’t even worth it, if you can pull off that gimmick, right?

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Second, it also depends on your readers. Yes, dear, to make that gimmick successful, you must have a huge following. Take note that it is crucial for an amateur writer to be friendly, and polite to gain readers. Especially the teens, they are mostly your readers. You must always interact with them even with a simple “Hi”, click that “Like” button if you can’t accommodate them. Because if you didn’t, they might think that you are a snob. That for some, it might affect their interest, and eventually, you will lose a follower.



But you see, above all these gimmicks that they are coming up with, they have forgotten the essence of writing a story. A great story reflects the heart of the author. You as a writer are giving away your personality, time, and thoughts to your work. Sadly, the world isn’t fair – so is writing. Readers and writers nowadays are only looking for that “romantic excitement”. They lose that depth in what they write or do. They lose that creative imagination to a point that everything is – shallow. 

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WRITING ABILITY

Gimmick or not, a true writer should still have that heart in his craft. Your writing ability is what matters. Regardless if you don’t have that number of reads your story deserves. Because a great story will be remembered if not now, maybe sometime in the future. Imagine yourself as a famous writer, with a great plot and a simple gimmick to compliment? You can never go wrong! And for that, you deserved my applause.

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