How I Realized There's More to Life than Work

My mom raised my brothers and I to believe that we can do whatever we set our minds to. More importantly, you should always do what you love (What a great mom, am I right?).

A beautiful lesson, from a beautiful woman (Shout out to my mom, she reads all my posts).

I have tried to apply this lesson to every area of my life. Work, relationships, hobbies, whatever I do, I just try to approach it with that mindset. I think that’s why I have been so joyful about life (that and Jesus).

As I've grown older...

I've quickly discovered that this beautiful sentiment is tough to apply to grown up life. Work, relationships, and lack of money...these are all things that just come up (I think most people call it life). Which makes doing what you love really, really, really difficult.

It's such an easy cycle to get stuck in. You have to make money to have a place to live and buy food to eat, so you get a job (Usually, something that just pays and not something you enjoy), but then you can't do what you want because you have to work. So, more often than not, responsibilities of life force people to opt into just working an okay job to pay the bills and just “live life.”

I’m not about that life, Fam.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Well, that’s too bad. That’s life, bruh." Trust me, I hear you and I think that getting a job to pay for everyday life is a no brainer. But listen to this side of the argument, what if that's NOT life (Boom. Mind-blown. Your life is forever changed).

Think about it...

It's easy to settle into a job and make money to buy stuff. But, that’s also exactly that, it’s the easy thing to do.

As I have thought about my passions, loves, and desires, I have decided that that is what I want to do. I mean, do what I love and am passionate about. Why not? I don't think it’s crazy to think that the things I feel like I’m meant to do, the things that fill me up with the fulfillment my soul longs for, can't also be something that I do for a living.

I might be a little overly optimistic.

Actually, I know I am. But, what if I’m not? What if it is fully possible to be the musician you’ve always wanted to be, or to own your own coffee shop, or to work with animals at the zoo?

I feel like your imagination has gotten a reboot, or at least, I hope it has.

Want to know what I love?

I love people, and I love people’s stories. I have a desire to empower, encourage, and teach. I enjoy teamwork and helping people process who they are and who they want to be. So, I have decided to start doing that and I am starting it with this blog.

How about you? How are you gonna’ start?

Jonathan Dumas

Jonathan grew up in Chula Vista, California up until he was 15 years old. He then moved to a small town in the High Desert called Barstow where he spent his high school years. He graduated with a degree in History/Political Science from Vanguard University in 2014. He is currently working as a Resident Coordinator at Vanguard, while he is completing his Master's degree in Organizational Psychology.