When I applied to college, I put my major down as “Journalism.” I did this because, at the time, that’s what I thought I wanted to do. All my life (especially around this time), I’d been told to “follow my passion.” In senior year, the time during which many people find, or have already found, their passions, I was in a journalism class. I’ve always felt a strong connection to words. I knew that I wanted to be a writer, at least in some capacity, and I thought that journalism was the way to do it.
I was wrong.
Fortunately, I realized that before it was too late. Now, the important thing about this isn’t that I realized my mistake. It isn’t even that I realized it before it was too late, before I had already graduated college (although, of course, that’s pretty important too). No, the thing to note here is that I, upon realizing that what I really wanted to do was write for TV, immediately switched majors. I haven’t had any reason to look back since.
Obviously, breaking into Hollywood is probably harder than breaking into journalism. However, I knew that I had the drive, the passion, and sure, maybe some talent, to do so. So I didn’t settle for what I knew I wouldn’t be completely happy with. I’d finally figured out what it was, and I ran with it. The great thing about finding the thing that you want to do for the rest of your life is that, once you recognize it, you become extremely aware that you will never get bored of doing it, and that, in my case, you won’t be happy if you have to do anything else for the rest of your life.
So when a realization like this lands at your feet, you have to go for it. Don’t just stand around weighing the risks and benefits, because the fact is the biggest risk is losing out on a life filled with happiness in favor of a possibly more secure one (although if you pursue something that you aren’t passionate about you may find it very difficult to succeed) which will ultimately leave you unsatisfied. Sounds harsh? Well, good. Your happiness, in my opinion, really is your prize for following your passion. It’s at the end of the rainbow. Don’t worry if it’s hard. You’ll do fine.