Following your heart is a decision for eternity. As my brother once told me; it is better to make a mistake when you are following your heart than to follow someone else and never have your heart fulfilled. I think this means that you are better off being empowered by the passion you pursue. Against odds and opposing people, because if you do not follow your heart, you'll never be satisfied or happy in your life. An example would be a woman having to choose between moving away with her family and staying to be with the man she loves. Her heart is with the man she loves, so she decides to stay. If she chose not to follow her heart and go with what felt safe, she would have moved with her family and regretted being apart from her love.
One of my greatest passions was once the Air Force. I was barely 17, in high school, and so happy about what I would behold in the future. The Air Force was not much a life dream of mine, but a ticket out of being stuck in life. Before the Air Force, I hated the military. After enlisting and learning more about it, I fell in love with it. I went with my heart, my passion, and was happy about it for a year and a half. Then my heart shifted, and I followed my heart elsewhere. For a long time afterward, nothing else captured my heart quite as much, until I discovered photography.
I used to be confused about what my heart truly wanted in life. Then I figured out the reality of where my heart has guided me, and where else it is trying to take me. The people and things that have remained in my heart are the ones to which my heart belongs. And I mean that in the sense of a lifetime. I have been able to forget about things that were not important to me. I was not that passionate about them. But those that have been unforgettable will never depart from me. I have also come to see how my greatest passions in life remained very hidden. I kept them to myself, and sometimes they remained dormant within me without my knowledge, ready to come out at the right time. The things that my heart led me to were so significantly valuable to me that I guarded them as treasured secrets, for a very long time.
I know where my heart belongs, and I'm finally able to distinguish between the mumbo jumbo that appears to be significant to me and the real beauty to which my eyes light up. I have held myself captive for a long time; by not following my heart, pursuing my passions, and seeking peace. I've taken steps towards freeing myself from captivity, and I'm adamant about following through. It is certainly a complicated process because there is still much I do not understand, although I am confident that God will guide me safely.