Recently, I’ve been thinking about passion and I can say fuck passion, I want money! I want money now! I want so much money that I won’t want money later on in life! I know that passion is good because of some link that it has to desire and other good qualities which don’t always mean something to me. That’s all I feel that I know about passion, the rest of my knowledge pretty much comes from the fact that it’s supposed to be good for me and it links to the entertainment value (or expectation of entertainment value) for whatever activity my passion is linked to.
Supposedly, money isn’t meant to motivate people, or at the very least it’s not meant to be the core motivation for why somebody wants to do well and I don’t really get it. Money isn’t everything, I understand this because I’ve seen a couple of situations where it’s been made clear to me that money gives you financial freedom and very little else. Despite the fact that I’ve seen those situations, I’m not going to act like money isn’t a necessity. I’m really not about taking a journey in search of a twisted upgraded quality of life that is cash free because I’d be lying to myself.
At some point, I’ve probably blogged about the importance of passion but as I’ve grown older, the idea has become less romanticised. I feel that my thoughts are changing because I just want to live an easy life and one way that is practically guaranteed for me to do so is to have financial freedom. I have a whole life to love stuff and at my age, a special place in my heart has been carved for things such as antagonising people, great customer service and not paying attention to the dreams of others. The thing is that I’m going to get to do those things at all points in my life (with the exception of customer service because… well… retirement) but I can’t say that I’m always going to have the opportunity to make money and live well off it. There’s only so much time before my energy runs out and I can’t prioritise myself.
I wouldn’t be feeling this way if money wasn’t a thing because I’d be too busy fighting some guy at Tesco for the last bag of chicken nuggets (or something along those lines). I’m not about to stray too far from my point though. My passion and desire for money almost go hand in hand at times, I can agree that it’s impossible to take something seriously enough to change your life if you lack the passion for it, however it’s not impossible to do something that will change your life for the better without passion (ask Mario Balotelli). I have these thoughts when I’m getting on with my day and to be honest, the more I think about it, the less appealing things seem to me if they don’t link to monetary gain. I couldn’t imagine receiving a pep talk based on passion, how would it go? “Jeffrey, it’s going to be a lot of hard work! You’re going to get a lot of rejections! People will not understand or support you until you’ve practically made your dream come true! You WILL shed a lot of tears but remember at the end of the day, you love what you do!”
I appreciate some of the sentiments I see in life such as passion over money but I want money (show me a broke person who doesn’t want money and I’ll show you a liar… maybe). Having passion is great but a reward is needed and money is one of if not the best reward. There isn’t a lot in this life that can be afforded to those without money and whilst money doesn’t have to solely drive people, I feel that it’s understandable if it does. If people want to do things purely out of love then salute to them because that thought is tiring. Money makes the world go round (and round) and I feel people should get in on that.