Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Today my photography teaching assistant sat in the front of the classroom and said, “As you may know, this is the first class I’ve ever taught. You are my guinea pigs. So, I want to take the first few minutes of class to talk about life and art. I want to know you guys. Tell me…what do you want out of life?”

Various students raised their hand and said things like, “To be a special needs teacher” or “To have a job that lets me travel” or “To have a job where my opinion is valued”. My teacher kept asking for more answers. I exclaimed, “Happiness!” 

His face brightened and he said, “Finally! Finally, finally someone said happiness. Isn’t that what life is all about?! Society has us set up to think that life is about jobs and money and work, but what about our happiness? I used to wake up every morning, slave through my horrible job, go home, sleep, and repeat for 5 years. Don’t let yourself get to the point that I did. Before you know it, you will be missing out on the things you love, you won’t know your children, your spouse will be distant. Don’t get to that point. If you don’t like your job, start looking for another one. I know half of you really like this class and the other half could care less about photography, but please…find something creative whether it be poetry or playing the harmonica, because that is truly where you will find happiness. Our brain has two sections: the left brain controls math, logic, science, and language. The right brain controls creativity, passion, and imagination. Society and education are so focused on developing the left brain. Don’t let yourself lose the right brain. Engage in your creative side. Do what you love and love what you do.” 

And then he proceeded to start class.

Do you feel inspired? I sure do! 

What types of hobbies or activities do you do to engage in your creative side?

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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  • katay102
    March 21, 2013

    I. Love. This. and you of course!

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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