When most people talk about unrequited love, they refer to "the one that got away," a wonderful person that they cared about deeply that for one reason or another ended up with someone else. They talk about stories like "The Notebook" and "Romeo and Juliet" and listen to lovelorn lyrics on their iPod as they go to sleep sniffling. There is another type of unrequited love that people don't tend to talk about as much. This is the unfulfilled dream, the thing we love as opposed to the person we love.
Life can be difficult for some. These people start life with a dream and end with a whimper, wondering where the time went and why they never did certain things in their lives, especially the one that may have been their purpose all along. Others discover their purpose early on and latch onto it like epoxy and refuse to let go. It is this latter category that tends to be happier, healthier and wealthier.
Roadblocks occur, of course, such as accidents, unplanned pregnancies and following the happiness of someone else as opposed our own bliss. The thing to remember is that you can't let a single setback or a series of setbacks block you from your happiness, your passion and your purpose forever.
If you were to say right now what your purpose in life is, what would you say? Is that purpose the primary activity of your life currently? Is it involved tangentially? If you can't even remember the last time you included your passion into your day, it is time to reintroduce it. Maybe you shouldn't quit your job or go off on a long soul-searching vacation, but you should never neglect the unrequited love of your vocation, your calling on this planet.
Too many people "die with their song still in them," we hear about it all the time, but how many of them have the opportunity to at least sing that song quietly as they continue on with their regular lives? Well, probably all of them. You have a golden opportunity here and by that I mean, you are living a life on this planet and it is up to you to live it the way you want to. Sure, there are responsibilities and mortgages and children to pay for, but the people who make the most money on this planet are the ones who find a way to earn an income doing what they love. In addition, the people who are the happiest have found a method of keeping their passion a major part of their lives.
Don't give up on the thing you love the most. Keep it a part of your life and watch your outlook change.
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.