So much goodness in here. This is why I don’t like the idea of “following your passions.”
As you say, just because you love doing something, it doesn’t meant that you can make a living doing it.
It may sound cheesy, but I prefer the idea of finding your calling. That thing you would do even if you don’t become wealthy doing it. You’re great at it, you love it, and people need it enough that you can get paid to provide it.
However, there is always a price to pay, or a trade off. It won’t all be sunshine and puppies. It’s usually hard work and long hours.
But, it doesn’t feel like “work” or a traditional job, because what you’re doing is more meaningful and fulfilling.
I know, because I’ve experienced both over the past 24 years of my career.