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  • Writer's pictureKristyl Neho

Finally Doing What I Love

Updated: Feb 12

This week, I wanted to share a personal journey I think many of you can relate to. It's about finally finding the courage or making the decision to pursue true passions, even after years of putting them on hold for various reasons. I thought what I was doing over the last few years was the right thing and in some ways, it was. However, there’s always been a part of me that knew I was delaying my personal creative pursuits. This week, I have been reflecting on what it has been like to finally start doing what I love even though I am scared.


Putting Dreams on Hold

Life has a funny way of getting in the way of our dreams. Responsibilities, expectations, and the fear of failure often lead us to delay pursuing what truly makes us happy. For me, it was a mix of demands and I kept telling myself there would always be time later. Or, that what I was doing was helping more people.


The Wake-Up Call

One day, it hit me like a ton of bricks and left me extremely burnt out. I was in a horrible predicament that made me question why I was working so hard for so little gratitude or pay off. Life is too short to keep pushing aside what brings us joy. I couldn't ignore that nagging feeling that I was missing out on something bigger, better and more rewarding. I had prayed a lot to God leading up to this moment asking for guidance to help me realise what I should be doing. It finally presented me the moment to finally choose my passion and give it the attention it deserved. Although I have been constantly scared, so many opportunities kept pouring in and not with the resistance I felt doing what I thought was best previously.


Go all in on My Passion

It has been overwhelming at times but finally pursuing my creative pursuits has been amazing. I have wanted to be a storyteller since I was 4 years old but I didn’t go all in. I focused more on doing more behind the scenes like directing, writing and producing. Which in a good way is as it has allowed me to keep crafting and growing my skills. Looking at the bright side, I think that the delay somehow prepared me to pursue what I love.


Confronting Challenges

Of course, finally pursuing our passions isn't always smooth sailing. There were moments of doubt, fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, wondering if I was too old or if it is too late. But I refuse to let those obstacles define me. So as with most things I do, I get clear on what I want then take consistent action and constantly monitor my progress; like I do with these weekly blogs. 


Embracing the Journey

As I now take the plunge into my passions, I realise that the journey itself is just as important as the destination. It's It not about being perfect or becoming an overnight success. It’s about the joy of creating, the process of learning and growing, and the fulfillment that comes from doing what I love, no matter the outcome.


Today, I am grateful for the decision to finally pursue what I love. It hasn't been easy, but it has been worth it. I've learned that it's never too late to follow our dreams and that the only true regret lies in not trying at all. I encourage you to take that leap of faith, embrace your passions, and let them guide you towards a life filled with purpose and fulfillment. Remember, it's never too late to start doing what you love!


Photography Credit: Charlotte Anderson for my upcoming one woman solo show Tangihanga.



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