Finding your Niche in Life

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Singing

A photo of school children singing

What did you always like to do as a kid? What are you good at that others find difficult? What can you do for hours without complain? What task or activity would you willingly do even if you are not being paid for it?

Answering these questions is one way to find out what your niche in life is – what you were really born to do.  In this world, each one of us is born to do something. It’s just a matter of figuring out what it really is.

When we were kids, we have all faced the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether or not we have found an answer to this overly repeated question, we grew up nevertheless. In the process, some of us forgot about what we wanted to be. Some of us tried to pursue our passions, but failed. But some of us finally found our niche, our passion. I found mine and I couldn’t be happier.

Some people say following your passion is a waste of time. For them, it isn’t even worth a penny. It’s not practical. It’s not for everyone. While these may be true in some ways, let me ask you this: would you rather do something that you absolutely despise, but compensates you well? Or would you be happy doing something that you love, even if it’s not as profitable?

If you asked me, I’d tell you this: I don’t believe that we were born into this world only to work, earn money, and use it to pay bills and rent. That’s like we are alive, but we aren’t really living.

I would rather spend my hours doing something that I truly love. When I found my niche, I knew I was going to do my best to be successful in it. By choosing to pursue what I knew I was good at and what I have always wanted to do, lots of possibilities and opportunities opened up.

When I ventured into the world of the arts and theatre, I had family and friends who supported me in my journey. However, I was also aware that not everyone around me believed I could make an actual career out of it. I strived to prove them wrong.

Thankfully, all the hard work and efforts I have exerted towards my passion paid off. My plays, Transitions in Taking Care of Daddy, Twixt ‘n’ Teen, and Lights Out!, received recognition from Writers Digest of Playwriting Contests. I feel happy and content with where I am today, all because I found my niche, my passion, my destiny.

I know you can do the same. Don’t be afraid to follow you heart and your dreams. They might lead you to the most unusual places, but in the end, when you truly love what you are doing, you are going to achieve the success that you deserve.

I followed what I was born to do.  And I was born to create.

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD