The Other 1%

I recently read an article in The Onion called, “Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life,” which obviously struck a serious cord, considering I’m all about finding your passions (and not just on nights and weekends!). It talked about living out your dreams, and pursuing your passions, just as I did last week. However, in typical Onion form, it was a farcical piece, implying that we should all only give 10% of our efforts and time to said passions. “The bottom line,” the author explains, “is that life is short, and you owe it to yourself to spend the majority of it giving yourself wholly and completely to something you absolutely hate, and 20 minutes here and there doing what you feel you were put on this earth to do.” In other words, it called the majority of our society out, putting everyone on the spot; the proverbial slap in the face to an unknowing soul.

The real farce, in my opinion, is how much truth this article speaks. It screams ironic sarcasm, and drips with the taunting of “I double dare you!” If you haven’t read it by now, please click the link above and do so. It should be a wake up call for how you live – or shouldn’t live – the rest of your life.

By no means am I saying you have to go out there and give 100%, or even 75% to your passion right away. But do you want to be that person he describes? The one who spends 90% of your time “torturing yourself because you know damn well that it’s far too late to make a drastic career change, and that you’re stuck on this mind-numbing path for the rest of your life”? No, I didn’t think you did either. And yes, I know the article isn’t really serious, but it really seriously echoes how much of our society lives. Figure out what you’re passionate about, and what’s truly important in your life; then go out there and make it your life! It is never too late to make changes and improvements. You don’t have to quit your job if it isn’t what you want to do (or isn’t currently a possibility) but don’t ever, ever, neglect yourself. Life really is way too short to give more of yourself to the things that bring you down, than to the things that make your soul shine.

Look at it as your chance to be a part of the elite 1% of people; the ones who go out and do just the opposite of what this article says. It may not equate to having the same kind of material wealth that we’ve come to associate with that 1%, but trust me when I say, you’ll be richer than all them fat cats combined.

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