Doing What’s Safe vs What You’re Passionate About

Do you do what you’re passionate about, or do you stay safe and never take risks?

That’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

This is a post straight from the heart, because I need to get something off my chest. I’m sharing it, because I believe I’m not the only one who experiences feelings of self doubt.

I’m a Sports Science & Health student, and I started this blog because I wanted to share all the things I learn about health and fitness. Because there’re so many myths that’s gone mainstream. I wanted – still want –  to do what I can do fight the myths.

I saw conveying and communicating the science I’ve learned. But looking through my blog archive, that’s not really what happened.

I have a long list of ideas that’s so old I can’t even remember writing some of them down.

But when it was time to write, all the ideas I wanted to turn into content wasn’t about fitness, it was always about blogging – blogging for popularity, the community, tips, opinions, and so on. Although I like to be transparent about what happens behind the scenes of a blog, that’s not what I had in mind.

I like writing about that, it fascinates me. I want to learn how I can improve my blog and help others do the same.

However. It’s not my passion.

I was working on a post about running, explaining things like VO2max, Anaerobic Threshold and terms like that. And I felt like I was in the zone, I could keep writing forever. A pretty amazing feeling.

But there was another one too. Whispering from a corner of my brain.

“What if you’re wrong”

“What if everybody hates it”

Hundreds of little doubts.

The difference between blogging about science and blogging about blogging is that it matters if somebody disagrees with me.

If somebody disagrees with me on how amazing Pinterest is? Couldn’t care less.

If somebody disagrees with my health posts? Being completely honest, it would hurt me.

The issue is a bit more complex as it is possible to be scientifically inaccurate or plainly wrong, and that is something anyone who writes about health should care about.

But it’s not that kind of doubt; I got the education (and grades) that means I know my stuff. It’s about doubting myself, my worth. I don’t want to be hurt.

It’s about how the whisper tells me I’m a failure if I don’t succeed in my field – without resistance, every single time.

Yet here’s the thing: It’s only possible to be perfect in theory. The best ideas, the ones without any flaws, were never created, because in reality, nothing’s perfect.

They only way to stay perfect is to never do anything.

I don’t want to let the doubts hold me back – in any area of my life.

I got things to do, dreams to chase – and I’m going to do that from now. In every area of my life, not just blogging.

If you’re being completely honest, are you doing what’s safe or what you’re passionate about? Let me know in the comments!

And don’t let your fears hold you back, I can tell you’re an awesome person ♡

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  1. says: Tiara Ray

    I absolutely agree! You have to do what you’re passionate about, not just what “sounds good,” or what will make you a lot of money. An excellent read and great insight!

  2. says: MaKenna

    Ah it seems so conflicting, I know! Often times I think that what I enjoy doing is also the safe thing… but ultimately passion seems to come first and foremost in any situation! If we don’t take risks we might regret it more not taking those risks at all.

  3. says: tabithoughts

    I really resonate with this. I used to confine myself to only doing what felt safe, but I took a leap this year and chased after my passion and I’ve never been happier. Thanks for encouraging others to do the same!

  4. says: Lisa Chase

    This post totally speaks to me. Passion makes you vulnerable. When you speak out on something that isn’t your passion it’s easier to shrug off the criticism or questions. But, you can feel the passion emanate when someone writes about things they love. Love your blog and can’t wait to read more. Also, my passion also happens to be health, wellness and fitness (specific to parents) so please do let me know if there’s ever anything you want to collaborate on!