Personal tips + quotes on finding your passion.
Many people have described experiencing deer in the headlights syndrome when they’re asked to discuss their passion. Has this happened to you?
It’s okay if you don’t know what you are passionate about. I have found that people who aren’t sure of what their passions are haven’t experienced life enough to come to realize what their calling is, so don’t fret! I have even met a few individuals who are petrified at the thought of being asked what their passions are, because they are embarrassed to admit that they don’t have any (as of yet). If this sounds like you, you have to keep on reading!
Once upon a time, I disliked being asked what my passions were.
It made me very uncomfortable, and a great situation can turn awkward- fast. It’s not that I didn’t really know what my passions were, it was the fact that I would be making myself vulnerable to the “real world” (that has crushed the dreams of many.) Luckily this is not the case for me anymore, but it took a great deal of challenges and soul searching to finally own my passions. Passion is important. It guides my life, and how I make decisions. It has given me a sense of purpose, motivates me when things get tough, and it fills my life with joy. It has led me to my friends, my career, and some of my biggest accomplishments. It’s not easy to find your passion, but it is worth it!
Here are several things that have helped me find and own my passion:
- Create a list of things that make you excited. This is a “personal-inventory” exercise, and it requires a lot of honesty. This list doesn’t need to be shared with others, so let your hair down a bit. By identifying what you find exciting in life, it might point you to your passions. You can even start a list of what you find dull and un-inspiring. This would illustrate what you are not passionate about. I create these lists often, and they definitely help me understand what it is I am inspired by. Passions can change over time as people grow and experience new things in life, so try doing this as often as you need to.
- Interact with others. This seems simple, but interacting with other people is essential in discovering what your passions are. I didn’t realize I was truly passionate about writing until I started joining different on-campus organizations when I was in college. If I wasn’t actively participating in some of these groups, I would have never discovered the love I have for writing today. Some really amazing things can happen when you learn about others, you also learn about yourself. Call up a few old friends and don’t be afraid to make some new ones. You’ll be surprised at what you might learn about yourself and the world.
- Pick up a hobby. If you already have hobbies, great. There is a reason you do things in your spare time, it’s because you are inspired by them and they provide some sort of fulfillment to you right? Otherwise, you wouldn’t be doing them. You might have some deeply held passions that you haven’t yet discovered because you haven’t played in the sandbox enough. Don’t be afraid to pick up a few new hobbies, you never know what you’ll fall in love with next.
- See the world. It is important to travel outside if your comfort zones. This can be done by traveling to both near and distant places. The world is so vast, and it is at your fingertips. There are so many amazing people and things to learn about, but you won’t be able to learn what those things are until you go out there and check it out for yourself. When I traveled to Central America, my interest in education solidified. I met kids and people who did not have an education, and how eager they were to obtain one. When I experienced what an education can do through the eyes of another, it really deepened my passion for education. Those moments have inspired me to include education into my career, and it is what really provides a sense of fulfillment to my life. Traveling is important and experiencing different perspectives is an enlightening experience.
- Own your passions. What is more important than having passions in life is to act on them. If you are passionate about art, find a way to incorporate art into your life in small ways and significant ways. Make it a lifestyle. If you are passionate about health and fitness, get involved with groups who share those same interests. If you would love to publish a book one day, get started now! A goal that you are not pursuing is only a wish.
If you still need a little more inspiration, no worries. I’ve got your covered.
Here are a few good quotes on “Passion”:
“As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
― Pablo Neruda
“Be the flame, not the moth.”
― Giacomo Casanova
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
― Émile Zola
“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”
― Roman Payne
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
— Albert Einstein
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
— John Maxwell
“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”
— Ferdinand Foch
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”
— Denis Diderot
“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”
— E. M. Forster