Once we’re old enough to begin contemplating what we want to do when we grow up, we are told to follow our “passion”. This passion is the missing puzzle piece that will fulfill our professional lives and make it worth getting up and going to work in the morning.
When you grow up and realize that you don’t have a “passion” to follow, there are tons of self-help gurus out there who claim they can help you to find your passion—be it sculpting, painting, or designing brightly colored sweaters for dogs. Often people buy these gurus’ books and end up none the wiser about their passion, and out twenty-five bucks. Or they latch onto a passion but still have no idea how to make a living off it.
Nine out of ten people who have a job that they truly enjoy can tell you: they didn’t find their passion. Their passion found them.
Those with chronic illness often have a great deal of limitations when it comes to the professional world, and it can seem like you’ll never be able to follow your passion into a fulfilling career. However, many of you will be surprised by how many jobs you will become passionate about as you get better and better at the work.
A job that is perfectly doable for a lot of chronic illness warriors despite their limitations is virtual assisting. As a virtual assistant you can do anything from organizing a client’s schedule, writing content for their website, creating landing pages, setting up an email list—whatever you’ve got in your bag of tricks you can offer to clients virtually. The best part of virtual assisting is that you can do it from home, often on a flexible schedule.
Plotting out a client’s schedule from your couch as you ice your arthritic knees may not sound like the most glamorous career, but a great feeling of accomplishment can come through a job well done. Upwork and Elance are good websites for picking up other sorts of freelance work that you can do from home on your own schedule. Fiverr’s also good if you can put quality work out quickly.
At the end of the day finding your passion is all about attitude. You can sit around and feel bummed that you haven’t found a job that fulfills your passion, or you can stand proud and commit yourself to whatever work you can complete in the face of your illness.