Do What You Love/Love What You Do

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been thinking into my future, looking at possible career opportunities and job ideas for after I graduate in the Spring of 2018. Being a sociology major, I have been looking at possibilities of going to graduate school and going into some sort of social work or advocacy position. Being the son of two Lutheran pastors, I have debated the possibility of going to seminary and following in their footsteps as a pastor. Being a social media director for multiple student organizations, I have even looked into the possibilities of pursuing that deeper in my future. Being a photographer, I have begun to talk to people deeper in the field of professional photography to see what opportunities I can take advantage of before I graduate so that I can pursue professional photography in some way after graduation.

Suffice to say, I have a lot of different directions I could follow. With so many possibilities I have had to prioritize and decide which I wanted to follow first. Living and being a young adult in this generation, I have felt sort of pressured to find something I can be successful at soon after college. But I have also had a wonderful team of support behind me helping me wade through all of these options.

But, while doing all of this soul-searching, I ran across one video on a friend’s Facebook Page earlier in the month entitled “Purpose” and it just connected with me. So if you are struggling to find something you are passionate about, or you feel that the work you are doing is mundane or the life you’re living isn’t worth it or isn’t all you want it to be, I urge you to watch the video linked below.

One thing I know for certain I want to do with my future is help people. Growing up I didn’t always have a good self-image, and I know a lot of people who feel the same way. I have talked to people about sitting for a shoot with me and they would say, “But John, I’m not pretty enough. I don’t look good enough for that.” Yet, the few I have been able to sit with me anyway come away from it looking at their pictures saying, “These are amazing. You are amazing, John.” I always turn it back on them. “It is not me in those pictures. I only captured what is already there to be captured.” Right now that is my purpose. It may change, but I know that I want to make a difference and this is how I can see to do it.

I hope that wherever you are in your life, you can find and live out your purpose. As hard as it may be to believe, everyone has one. You just need to find it, latch on to it, and never ever let go.