One of the most valuable aspects of people that are living their passion’s to pay the rent and buy the groceries is that they are deferring the “life plan”. The concept of the “life plan” is when we settle for things that we “have” to do first like pursue higher education, earn more money, climb the professional and social ladder etc… We do this for the security and peace of mind that eventually it will pay off and in time we will be free to do the things we really wanted to do in the first place. The problem with that is we often get lost when we are on this “life plan” path and forget what we were tying to reach for in the first place. We forget about our true passions.
So many of us adopt this deferred life plan because of how easy it is to confuse drive for passion. The key difference between the two is that drive pushes you, but passion pulls you. If you don’t know yourself and don’t stay focused, it is very easy to mistake the two. Drive is something that comes from the outside and we eat it up, but passion is something that comes from within; something burning inside of us, controlling the various aspects of our lives. Your passion becomes a second part of your life while you drive, eat and work in order to achieve external priority and imperatives that fit your perception of what your social environment expects from you. Drive, followed by passion, is the secret recipe for deferring the “life plan”.
But if you don’t pursue your passion(s) now, when will you? Life is short so why use today to check off to-do items you don’t really care about?