The latest craze is to find something you love and then make a living at it. And I'm all for it, but maybe this is not always the best way to approach your career. The problem with this idea is that once you make work of the thing you love, it could start to look more and more like just another job, and then you may not love it anymore.
Hobbies are supposed to take us away from the stresses of the real world. They put us in the zone, a place we like, because this is where we feel the Zen, where we can relax and just enjoy life. Some people like to fly in hot air balloons. We can easily see how this could translate into a great career. Charge people money to fly in your hot air balloon and right there you have a fantastic business model. But what happens when the weather is bad, or you live in Wisconsin, where we have winter for almost half the year? What happens if someone falls out of your balloon or gets hurt simply trying to get in the thing? Uff da. Pretty soon, the hobby starts to look more and more like a job and you don't enjoy it as much as you used to. It used to be that when the winds were just right, you would automatically start thinking about your beautiful balloon, now, you think of how many people you can fly around before the day is over because tomorrow it might rain! You know what I mean?
Hobbies, whether they are the kind you do alone or with others, are the equivalent of a personal, spiritual relationship with God. Enjoying the things we love is a form of worship. When we practice our hobby, and we receive the joy that comes from this practice, we are relating to God, who loves connecting with us in our happiness.
If you are unable to make a living while doing what you love, don't stop doing what you love. ABUBAKAR JAMIL