What are you passionate about? You see this question everywhere when you feel frustrated by life’s realities. Life, work, even family can leave you with a feeling of missing out. The dreams you had in high school and college never unfolded. You got busy, and you always meant to do you, but life took priority and you sacrificed for everything around you. Sound familiar?
You grew up believing focusing on yourself was selfish. You had responsibilities and people were counting on you to do the right thing. In your mind you could hear, “Everyone makes sacrifices”. You had goals and you most likely reached them. Then why are you here?
You achieved your goals like you planned. So why are you feeling like you missed something? This feeling has you looking everywhere, trying to figure out why other people look so happy, even when they have so much less than you. You secretly compare yourself, your worth, to others. (It happens more than you think)
In the past, it was common to take the more traveled road to adulthood. Attending college and achieve degree status in order to get a “real” job was the norm (All way before the internet went crazy with ways to super stardom you would have laughed at back then). You and I conformed to societal ideals about living, yep I did it too. So what happened?
Women give up their dreams to raise children, men leave their true callings behind for fear of not being what their families would hope they would become (A good provider). The passions that once gave us fire and hope became distant memories, now dreams that became dead in the water. Dreams not meant to die just to put on the back burner until later. Then later never came.
Those memories, those dreams of the past, are calling you now. They are your inner passion, still there waiting for you. When we leave our passions behind, who are we really becoming and is that person the true person we always wanted to be? Is that who you are meant to be?
There are tons of self-help articles on making yourself happier and more fulfilled and they all have one thing in common. It all starts with realizing your true passion. What motivates you? What makes you smile? Or even when you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
You’re thinking it is something else, aren’t you? There has to be some quick fix. You don’t have time to rediscover yourself. Right? It starts right there. Realizing it is just that. It is what it is and no quick fix is going to satisfy you. If that were the case, you wouldn’t be here. You know I am right, so enough said let us move on.
Rediscovering your passion after sitting stale but waiting patiently sometime needs a little push. Those small things that once drove us often become alien and need to be rekindled and reworked in order to find a place in our everyday now lives.
The first step to finding happiness is realizing what makes you want to get up and start moving in the morning. Those aspects of life that leave you whistling are the ones that hold the key to the passions of life. So here the best path is to revert to your youth. Think back to what things made you most happy. Remember the passions that made you smile and the hobbies that once held such a high importance in your life and make room for those passions again.
Don’t be afraid to do something different. Who really cares if someone laughs at you? Let them. Have some fun doing and learning something new. It may be scary to step outside and onto a path less traveled. But personal growth only happens when we extend ourselves beyond our usual boundaries.
You don’t have to neglect your responsibilities to pursue your passion. You might have plenty of time now, but even if you do not have a lot of time, make some time. Your happiness depends on it.
It may simply be to take an art class, or you may find that you wish to switch careers and become a graphic designer. The thing is, you already know what it is. So pursue it! Rediscover that inner fire you are passionate about and then embrace it.
There is no amount of money in the world that can measure up to the payment your passion can provide. While the payment may not increase your checkbook or give you that promotion at work, it will give you back a sense of yourself that has been missing for a very long time.
Remember those things that made youth so wonderful? If only for a moment, take a step back 10, 20, 30, 50 years and find that one thing that drove your mind to the limits of happiness. Once you have that thought firmly in your grasp, go for it!
Today’s world is more fast-paced than the dreams and hopes that once fueled our desires are what’s missing today. It’s why you’re here. To help you find that passion, heres a book called, “Pursue Your Passion”.
Let me know how you like it or where it takes you.
As always Miles of Smiles,