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Should I follow the real world or my passion

How should I keep a passion for art in my life if I want to do something more realistic like be in the medical field do I just drop that interest or make it a hobby?

Thank you comment icon Honestly, I think this is something that you will be able to decide once you're actually pursuing your degree. I say things because I’m not sure how much time you will have for hobbies. For some people school comes easier than others. This allows them to make lots of time for activities outside their academics. If you find yourself struggling to keep up in school you may need to dedicate your time for hobbies, to studying.That’s why I believe you personally have to get a feel for what you are able to do for yourself. There are lots of opportunities for you to continue your hobbies that are not time consuming. One suggestion is to join a club. A club lets you practice your hobby with flexible hours and network with people around you. Mia
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angie’s Answer

Should I follow the real world or my passion
How should I keep a passion for art in my life if I want to do something more realistic like be in the medical field do I just drop that interest or make it a hobby?
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Hello, Azmeena,
I am an artist and I am an art therapist. You DO NOT have to drop your passion for the "real" world. The world is made up of everyone's passions. The reason anything is anything is because someone had a passion for it and tried to do it.

So....hold onto your passion. It is yours! It is part of the real world. You can do so much with a passion for art and an interest in the medical field....since you mentioned that one. There are so many fun colleges and universities out there now with Art Therapy degrees. You can work with clients with making art with them and talking about it and how it represents what they are currently going through or questioning in their lives. It's so much fun --- and it really helps you and the client. You both grow.

If you are interested...there are many art therapy books out there now, too. I suggest getting one or two of them and reading. I am a Jungian trained art therapist - so psychology + art + play + energy + talk therapy all in one amazing career!

Hope this helped.
Go for your Passions! You have this life....go Play and Play Big!
Thank you comment icon This answer nailed it! Life does not consist of either/or! Find where two interests intersect, and, you have your answer! Kim Igleheart
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Liz’s Answer

Hi Azmeena,

I suggest that you try to incorporate your Passion and Hobbies into any professional career you may choose.

Do not every loose this Passion of your. If you forget to enjoy your own hobbies and passions no job will bring complete happiness so ensure you try to keep those passions alive and well..

Best of luck !!!
LA :)
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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Azmeena,

I love how you are passionate about art. Art is an amazing creative outlet and source of self-care. Never give up art. Everybody has hobbies and interests because these things make us happy.

I also love art. As a school counselor, I jump on every opportunity at work to be creative. I teach students how to design, we do art projects (like coloring, making snowflakes, painting rocks), and I create flyers and posters. I've found a way to maximize this hobby while I am at work and outside of work. I know you will, too. Keep being creative!
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Bob’s Answer

Try to combine the real world with your passion. Passion will give you energy, motivation, drive to help you find a balance in the real world. You dont have to give it up for the other.
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Miroslav’s Answer

Always follow your passion, the results will follow everytime you do something with strong belief.
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Aleksandar’s Answer

Follow your inner self - it will always get you were your want to be:)
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Joel’s Answer

Great question, I’ve struggled with this for years but what I’ve come to learn is you need to focus on one skill that you can monetize and get as expert at that skill as possible. There’s research that shows that as you grow in your talent with this skill, it starts to become your passion if it wasn’t your passion to begin with. There’s a book called So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. This book has solid wisdom on this concept.
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Shelby’s Answer

Hello! I would recommend setting a personal mission or goal based upon your passion. Then you can still have flexibility in your career and keep your passion as a guiding mission. You may want to help animal shelters, but your career is in tech. You can set a goal that you want to help set up or support an animal shelter and your careers helps you get the funds to do so or you have flexibility in working hours to volunteer several times a month.
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Chris’s Answer

You need to be realistic about what lifestyle you want as that contributes to your happiness as well. Research the career path you want and if it measures up to the lifestyle as well.
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Tom’s Answer

If you have a passion give it a try. If it does not work out in the first couple of years, maybe start thinking about switching the job/field that you work in.

It's also fine if you don't have a passion yet or like lots of things. Try something and see if you get passionate about it. As a leader, I'm passionate about the technology, but day to day it's really about the joy of working with the team and helping them succeed.

It is fine to go with a flow trough a life but real world is more complicated and it force us to stay on ground and do what we need to do so we can organize our life in a way we should do (get a degree, have a family, help those who need help, etc..). Keep your passion aside and use it as your hobby.
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Jeff’s Answer

Absolutely! When you find something you're passionate about, you'll derive a determination that will help you create a career from it! Follow your dreams.
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Sabitha’s Answer

Azmeena,
There is no need to make choices which are all or nothing. Colleges do offer a major and a minor for that precise reason. You also can take electives in either area so that you have options when you graduate. Most successful people find a way to turn their passion to provide them a sustained livelihood in the long run.

My best friend is a pharmacist who also paints in her free time. She still takes art lessons and always says she will continue to do so because that is something she enjoys.

Don't give up!!
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Andrew’s Answer

Why not both?! The real world can be your passion. Think about ways to bring real-world practical applications to your passions.
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Arvey’s Answer

You do not have to drop your passion of Art. If you are interested in the medical field, pursue that with art being your escape if things get too stressed out.
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Matt’s Answer

I’d recommend finding a way to balance both things. You should absolutely continue to follow your passion while also accounting for life’s necessities that make a career a requirement. As you go down the path of balancing both, you will find times when your career requires much of your focus. During those times it is essential to have a hobby and passion outside of work to decompress. Also you will find ways to continue to balance and incorporate your passions into your life as you progress in your career. It’s important to have both things in your life.
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Milan’s Answer

Often times you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into before you actually start persue the career you had in mind. Ofeten it turns out to be completely different compared to what you had in mind. Having said that, our advoce would be to perform a pilot project n art and make sure this is something you really want. Then you can either persue a career in art or decide to go for another career and just keep art as a hobby.
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