Why Follow Your Passion?

Following recent events that have happened with loved ones and myself, I have started thinking about life, my career and what I am truly passionate about.

When we’re younger we were all asked ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?‘ and most of us replied with a firefighter, a dancer, an athlete, a teacher, a doctor, a police officer, a vet,  an astronaut or an actor/actress. As we grow older our ‘dream job’ tends to change based on what we enjoy at school; our influences including friends, teachers, family and the media; the experiences we have and; our strengths and weaknesses to name a few. Following this, some of us go to university knowing exactly what we want to do and who we want to be and some of us go to university as a way to figure it out. After finishing university, we hope to our dream job, work our way up the hierarchy and become who we want to be. However, that isn’t always the case…

For me, I always wanted to be in advertising and marketing ever since I was a little girl. I was glued to the television watching the adverts and looking at them in magazines, coming up with my own ideas and thinking about how they were created. I went to university knowing exactly just that and did everything that I could that would help me pursue my career. When I finished university, I slightly lost site of that as most students can do – chasing a job and wanting to get out of debt.  Yes, I enjoyed what I was doing (I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t), but it didn’t fill me with excitement when things were not going well or make me want to dig deep in order to succeed. I decided that what I wasn’t doing wasn’t for me and it was time to be true to me and do what I was passionate about, however that may not be for everyone and I am not saying it is. Life is about doing what makes you happy while making a career and a living out of it. Whether you have a day job and have to work evenings to focus on your passion, or give up your day job and throw yourself into your passion – it’s up to you! It’s not an easy choice and one we should take lightly, but it is a choice that can make a huge difference.

Along my journey I found new passions and interests. I have always been involved in sport. I was a cross country runner, member of the netball, rounders AND athletics teams at school. I re-ignited this interest in sport when I started going to the gym and lifting weights. In fact, I even competed in my first bikini fitness competition. It was an incredible experience which required resilience, dedication, hard-work and motivation, and definitely something I plan to do again.

I also love to help others through difficult situations and be a listening ear, whether it’s a friend making a career choice, someone going through a bad break-up or anything else… I just love to help people. This passion is something that goes deeper than just giving advice, in particular I want to help young girls overcome sexual, mental and emotional abuse, allowing them to know it does not hinder or stop them in any way. It’s a topic close to my heart and something I know that I want to (and feel that I need to) pursue. How will I be doing it? That’s yet to be decided but I know that it is a situation that must be tackled.

Last, but probably not least…. I love to model and it is something that I will continue to do no matter what. Modelling has always been an interest of mine but I was told I’m too short, too fat or too dark to be a model, however I never let that stop me. The first time I modeled I felt on top of the world and everything seemed right, having my makeup done, changing outfits and just being in front of that camera felt like home. Ever since that moment in summer 2012 (not like I’m counting) I have jumped at every single opportunity to walk on a catwalk or be in a shoot and I have never looked back. There are barriers for not being the ‘conventional’ look but I can’t let one little hurdle stop me.

As you can see, I am not just passionate about one thing and there may not necessarily be one thing that we are called to do. If you have multiple interests, talents and attributes, then I believe you should use them all in any way you can. Do you agree in what I’ve said and are you following your passion? Comment below…

Until next time,

Alexandrya-Carmen Mbu

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