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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 20 2012: I say, true success or happiness can only be achieved by the happy marriage between passion and profession. And anything less means, your happiness or success is hollow. My passion is to be a science and english teacher in a high school. But I amn't pursuing my passion, because in India from where I come from, this passion of mine is poorly paid and worse, seen as an avenue for the least intelligent and no-hopers. I'm settled into manufacturing but no matter what I achieve, my happiness quotient will not find its true bearings.
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      Mar 20 2012: Dear Veejay I find it interesting that you choose the metaphor of marriage..between passion and profession and end on a note of dejection and no hope for change. A marriage needs a lot of work to stay good and happy.You made certain choices because your priorities were influenced by responsibility and societal concerns and pragmatism overrode passion. But please dont give up ,believe and nurture your interest life may surprise you by somehow giving you an opportunity ,unfold another path. Meanwhile respect the choices you made and stand by yourself and happiness will be stronger. I offer this opinion with respect for your views because this is familiar territory for me and I have experienced what I say.regards

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