When it comes to my interests and hobbies I tend to be a pretty passionate guy. If I get into a new hobby I’ll spend hours reading, researching and doing. If I want to make something happen or finish a project I’m excited about, I’ll put off sleep and spend late nights putting in time and work. I end up stressing some but I feel like it’s a good stress.
The reward and relief that I get from accomplishing or learning something pays off for the time I invest in it. It isn’t always for money or to make ends meet but I when it’s done it feels amazing.
What if you could live your life doing whatever you were passionate about? How could you and would you do it?
The last time I was in Tijuana I came across Ramon Barajas and his art gallery. His variety of paintings and sketches caught my eye immediately. I was mostly drawn to his abstract pieces, but all of his works had such depth to them.
I remember the painting of a young torero holding his red flag with his head bowed. Ramon had captured the composure of the boy and collided it with the perfect blend of colors. The young bull fighter is enveloped in his own passion with colors complementing the intensity of the art of bull fighting itself.
What does Ramon Barajas have to do with living your passion? Well he’s one of the few people living his and he’s the one who unknowingly helped add fire to me living mine.
I had the chance to talk to him while I was in Tijuana and I learned a few things from him.
1)You’ll know when you find your passion because it envelopes your life and who you are. You can’t stop thinking about it, acting upon it or working on it.
Since Senor Barajas was a young kid he had always had an infatuation with the creation aspect behind art. At 6 he started drawing and painting, developing a love for his passion. He never stopped sketching, drawing or painting. Along with help from his mom he made his way into the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City which was the first major art academy and museum in the Americas.
2) When you find your passion, it’s not about the money. (Although making a nice chunk of change is a plus)
I agree that in order to live your passion you have to find a way to make money doing it. You have to be able to sustain yourself and sometimes family when you’re trying to make a living doing what you love. Ramon touched a bit on making money selling his paintings.
“I love painting, every piece that I create is like a child of mine. Sometimes I struggle with them, sometimes they don’t turn out how I expected and surprise me, some take longer than others. I get attached to each of my paintings and often find it difficult to see them go onto somebody else, but in the end it’s the paintings that I sell that allow me to keep going.”
He continued to say that he doesn’t make a lot of money and that many times when he goes for long periods without selling many it can be scary. It’s what he loves to do though and that’s all that matters, that he can continue.
3) Being able to make a career out of your passion isn’t always easy. You have to dedicate yourself to it and find ways to make it work.
10:00am – 4:00pm every day 365 days a year. That’s how often you’ll find Barajas working on his paintings outside of his gallery. When I stumbled upon it, he was working on a large abstract piece while Bach resonated from the speakers within the gallery itself.
As I learned about him and his craft he was explaining how he never took a day off. Every morning he would open and set up his gallery and work until he closed up at 4:00pm. “I dedicate myself to my art, all forms and styles. I personally prefer and enjoy abstract art the most but that doesn’t mean everybody else or all my customers do. I work on my craft and create numerous pieces that appeal to various art lovers.”
Those are a few things that I took away from my conversation that can apply to anybody chasing their own life dream. It was truly inspiring to come across Ramon Barajas and his gallery. If you’re a fan of art, check out his website and bio at barajasgallery.com.
What could you do with your passion if you focused on it for 6 hours a day? What would you build, create, develop, perfect, enhance, invent?