Passion is something so many people of all ages rely on in doing what they do. You can go out just around your neighborhood and ask someone, even a stranger, what they do and why they do it. There is a great possibility that most of them would say it is because they are passionate about it. Passion is such a great thing to have because it is exerting time, energy, and even money over an activity that brings you non-negotiable, nonmaterial joy. The workings of passion in humans make humanity more sensible, and life more worth living. In this blog, we will go over what makes up a passion and the ancient question: How do you find your passion?
What Is a Passion?
Passion is, in colloquial terms, the “calling” of a person. Since childhood, I’ve found a great affinity for writing. I would write on my siblings’ old notebooks until my parents bought one for me. I don’t do it as often right now, but if I had all the luxury in the world, I would choose to write for a lifetime. There is also the saying that one’s passion comes rarely in one lifetime. So, when that calling gets realized, they should take it. Passion is something that interests you in a way that other activities do not. It can be something you have not tried yet but you love the idea of doing it or is something you have always loved.
How Do I Find My Passion?
One thing that passionate people will never tell you to do when “looking” for your passion is to not do so. Passion is not about measuring what hobby brings the most happiness or expertise in you. You do not have to be good or a game-changer in your passion, you just have to be distinctly happy when you do it. Moreover, being passionate is more of understanding yourself rather than looking for projects to work on. As cliché as it sounds, you have to love yourself so you could love the things you do, which is where passion arises. With this, here are some practical steps to spot your passion!
Do not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Sometimes, what hinders us from finding what we love to do is our fear of instability. We see our time and energy as very limited, so we focus on activities we have been doing every time. Try a sport, a different one. Spend some time looking for inexpensive new hobbies to do. Inquire people about what they love doing, why, and try it out yourself.
More often than not, our passion lies in activities we have been doing for a long time already. We tend to realize later because we do not come into the question of “What is my passion” unless we do. Try asking yourself: “If I could do one thing I have been doing for a span of an office man's work time, what would it be?” This question can extend to inquiries such as choosing what degree you want to pursue in university.
Work for it. There is a great misconception that passion should not be treated as work because it is derived from one’s deliberate will. The truth is, it is not about whether passion should be linked to work or not, but if your passion is something you are happy doing. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Passion is loving something that you do, and it takes commitment. Love takes work.
Use what you do now as a means to search for your passion. There should be no compromise in looking for your passion, and you do not need to lose everything you have accumulated just to find or do it. You may be a university student studying something you’re not as interested in, but you know it will bring you a good income, or an employee in a job you do not find interesting at all. You do not have to give these up and start your life anew. You can work harder, gain more, and use those that you have gained to pursue your passion.
The Tendencies of Passion
Passion is not something everyone can and should find. It is not a quirk that everyone should have, unique to themselves. One can live a life without a “drive”. But what makes them dead is when they stop searching. You are never too old to find something that has a special place in your heart. Sometimes, passion is not something you find, but something you make. Passion can be collecting rocks, cleaning, studying, or dancing. There is no unique line of passion for everyone.
Moreover, passion changes. It is not a partner you make a wedding vow to. No passion can keep you as excited as you were ever since. You have to mobilize that passion, either into something new, or something extra. For example, someone who has a passion for photography cannot be doing the same thing over and over. Time will come that they will find pure photography more of a chore than something they would do, given the opportunity. From photography, they may explore editing. Add some pizzazz to what you have been doing.
Stay determined! Stay passionate!