“Shoulda” done it in my lifetime, “woulda” done it if it wasn’t for this, this, and that; “coulda” done it if I just had the courage. Sound familiar? Each and every one of us has a passion in life. Some specific skill or talent that puts that sparkle in our eyes, and just makes us happy. We hear about people having that mid-life career change all the time. Is that wrong? Does the career we choose in college have to be the end-all and be-all? I understand that we have certain financial obligation that need to be met; so changing careers might not always be possible depending on the circumstances at hand. You should never give up though, if not feasible right now, there will come a time when you will get that opportunity. Never give up and never, ever say you can’t! You can try whatever you damn well please, if you succeed, job well done. If you don’t, you accomplished the attempt, and had an experience that benefited your life for the better.

We are fortunate enough to live in a country that allows us the freedom to fulfill our desires. We are not restrained by strict rules or dictatorship. Being privileged to live with such freedom, is yet another reason to strive to implement our passions. People very rarely fail at their passions; because it is in fact, that passion which drives them to success. The love and dream of something they want, is what turns it into a reality. As we know though, success does not happen over night. This is why we have to “crave” the prosperity. This loving addiction helps you push forward even when you get knocked down.

You will probably also have to endear the disparaging remarks of others: “Why would you do this? This will never work. Just stick with what you know.” Be strong, and rely on that fire you hold within yourself. That fire that makes you feel alive whenever you think about what you want to do. I believe we are given special talents for a purpose in life. If we don’t try and make our natural abilities work to our advantage, then why do we have them. Not everyone is granted the ability to sing, or cook or play and instrument, these gifts should be showcased, and be able to be admired by others.

So the take home message is, Never give up, never say you can’t, don’t be discouraged by others, and never let your passion become a “shoulda, woulda, coulda.”

Kristen Rossi