"do it with passion, or not at all."
-rosa nouchette carey
it is so incredibly important that you fill your life with all the things you're passionate about. in a perfect world, we would only do the things we love, but unfortunately there are always the things we have to do even if they aren't exactly what we want to be doing.
when we're faced with those "have-to's," we always have a choice. we can sit there and complain through it. that's the easier version and we're all mega-guilty of that one (myself included). or, we can take the other option and choose to make the best of the situation we're faced with. we can choose to incorporate as much passion as we can. find ways to make your "have-to's" more enjoyable. we have to do them, so why not try and make them fun?
at the end of the day, it doesn't really make sense to not be on a path that you love. it doesn't matter how old you are, it's never too late to start following your dreams. it's easy to make excuses to not follow your passions. of course it's safer and easier to stay in the well paying job that you hate, but it's also entirely possible to go interview for the one that would bring you greater joy. it's always possible, you just need to let yourself go after it.
it may just seem like i'm being over-optimistic about the simplicity of it all, but i'm really not. the option to create the exact life you've been dreaming of has never stopped being available to you, and if you want it enough you're going to get there. you can make excuses and stick to the safe side, but sometimes it's worth it to take the risk and go try and create the life you love.
don't neglect your responsibilities, but also don't neglect the dream life you've been creating in your head since you were 6. you dream of things for a reason. pay attention to them. you may not get the exact life that you want, but it doesn't hurt to try and make this life the best that it can possibly be. that one teenager who was probably about to do something dumb was really onto it when he said, "YOLO."
go live the life you want. what's stopping you?