This is a question I'm starting to ask myself more and more everyday as I inch closer to this milestone age in my life. I will be turning the big 4-0 next year and am beginning to think is pursuing passions in your 40s realistic?
My 20s were nothing but one big fun fest (huge mistake on my part I admit) and my 30s were characterized by lots of trial and error, wins and losses, highs and lows, breakups and breakthroughs that often times I couldn't really take in or fully appreciate the experiences that seemed to be happening in such rapid succession. Now that I'm nearing my 40s, which is still so surreal for me to acknowledge sometimes, I wonder whether it's time for my passions to take flight or whether its time to just settle into what arguably marks the start of my 'growing old' years.
A lot of us are out here clamoring for the same things, relevance and a measure of success that I feel like if I had gotten an early start to pinpointing and pursuing my passions or the things I was good at, perhaps I would be approaching my 40s with more sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. When blogging was still in its early years, I could have started then but it didn't even occur to me because my career was just starting to take off that I thought my life was heading down a very different path. When YouTube started to take over, my professional life was already blossoming and there was marriage on the horizon so in my mind, raising a family seemed like the next natural step for me. Fast forward a couple more years and I find myself in unfamiliar territory, nowhere near where I thought I'd be at age 40. These days, passion can be turned into profit so shouldn't the question I'm asking be a no brainer? Is pursuing passions in your 40s realistic because its feasible or because at the end of the day, doing what sets your soul on fire is what you should be doing anyway?
Looking back now, I probably should have identified my passions early on, spent enough time figuring out how to turn them into profit making businesses and brands so that now I could be free to focus on other pleasures like travelling for leisure and flipping houses. Just thinking out loud here folks and now I'm throwing the question to you, is pursuing passions in your 40s realistic in your opinion or do you think that with the way the world is set up today, it makes no sense? Let's chop it up in the comment section..
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