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What's your excuse for not pursuing your passion?

Mr. Smith talked about all kinds of excuses we are making for not going for it in life. I have many tiered dreams in life, and while some are checked off (like working abroad), others still need to be (like changing the world). I find myself thinking that there are too many gatekeepers in the world and too much potential for environmental destruction (i.e. putting out a certain product), so I am always rethinking my "passion", and hoping that I don't come across something where others or the world have to suffer just because of my own ego / narcissistic need to self-actualize.

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    Mar 15 2012: My excuse - I need to pay the bills. So I have a job where I've lost the passion, but look forward to retirement (in about 10-15 years) where I can get back to something I'm passionate about. I don't know what that will be at that time, but I hope to be able to do something I enjoy every day for the rest of my life.
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      Mar 15 2012: In high school, my English Lit teacher (whom I loved) often told us that in retirement he and his wife would be traveling the world. Years later, I saw him on the bus and asked him what he was up to in retirement and he said that his wife became physically ill in older age and couldn't really leave the house.

      So, while I know that hot water and a nest-egg rock, a lot could change when you retire, so some attention to the present could be good!
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        Mar 15 2012: SO true Genevieve!!! Life is what happens sometimes, when we're making other plans!
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        Mar 15 2012: I'm trying to do what I can with what I have. I try to make time for some of my passions while still dealing with the 'real world' of billls and work obligations. I'll never make ends meet with my photography or crocheting, and they won't make me enough money to do some traveling. So, unfortunately, they have to wait to be truly and fully enjoyed until I can stop working.

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