My friend featured today in this post is an actress in Ghana, she is also a talk show host but I believe it hasn’t always been easy to turn her passion into that which provides for her. To stretch her thinking outside the box, to be authentic and true to who she is and what she believes in.
I want to share why she inspires me: when we were in high school we got into trouble many times mostly not our fault😛 But one of the things that bonded us was our love for reading, our friend Maria was very popular by virtue of her access to books. I believe reading all those fictional stories just opened up our imaginations that went beyond the conventional labour market.
I can remember how happy I was whenever I got hold of a new novel, how I would rather read than eat my tea if it was going to interfere with my reading schedule.
You see, I loved words, the formation of them into sentences to tell a story, I could see words coming to life anytime I read but how was this ever going to lead to providing for me? It almost seemed that that we had to separate passion from provision, to go to work without our heart?
When I found out that my friend was in acting, I felt really proud of her, for not following the crowd, for not just going with what our society would call ‘ a normal job’ but working hard to make passion provide for her as well. I can’t see it being very easy, announcing to one’s very Ghanaian parents in those days, that after the university education , they were thinking of going into acting. I see many people struggling with this concept of passionate provision, how to turn potential coupled with passion into that which provides.
My friend Ellie told me the other day how much she loves her job, she says she is genuinely happy, well if you know her personality and the things she cares about, her persuasive character and her passion when recounting a good experience, it is a good fit for her current sales job. She looks at situations through her own personality which makes her presentation almost flirtatious, she has found a way to make her passion provide for her as well. she says even though it is her job, she doesn’t need to separate herself, either as a mum or her home rather it is just an extention her life.
Again I was talking to a young man recently who has found a job as a bouncer at a night club and he told me it is the best job ever, even though the hours are very unfriendly. You see before he got this job, he used to get into trouble all the time for alleged bullying, disagreement and threat of fight even, what ever it was that was getting him into these situations had to do with his passion for keeping order. He now uses that in a positive manner and he couldn’t be happier.
As per Confucius famous saying, ‘ choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ There is also a verse in the bible that says, our gifts will open doors for us, but sometimes this seems almost impossible, doors seem to be tightly shut in our faces as we pursue that which brings us joy.
We then set off with the intention of taking any job in the interim whilst we wait for what we actually want to do, but as we get into that day to day of life, time passes by and unfortunately most of us never get the chance to go back to explore that passion and the potential associated with it. Time becomes our enemy, relevance eludes us and opportunities seem to pass us by.
Work becomes draining, a chore sometimes when our passion/ potential and gifting are somehow not involved. When we have to completely take on a new persona in order to do the job. When even our values are not in alignment with the job, when provision completely overshadows passion.🙃
For the people that were bold to pursue what they are passionate about even when it looked like it wasn’t ever going to provide for them, we salute you, with the biggest salute going to my friend Judith Nana Abena Asantewaa Asante. For those of you who are still thinking of doing that, we cheer you on, and for those who have completely forgotten about it, we say it is never too late.
for your consideration