When I hear the word ‘passion’, several things come to my mind: travel, music, and most of all, writing. These are the things that genuinely keep me sane and in all honesty, keep my mental health in check. However, as important as this fact is, that’s not the point of this article. In fact, as someone who thrives off of pursuing my biggest passion — writing — I decided to explore the importance of this in today’s post.
First and foremost, I believe that oftentimes, you simply know what your passion is. What single thing would make you the most excited to get out of bed every morning, if you could turn it into a career? What makes you feel empowered, enthusiastic, ardent? What could you spend hours upon hours talking about? If you can’t pinpoint a single thing, Mike Dooley described in his book (in which I give 5 stars and highly recommend) Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic, that you simply start somewhere. That is, ask yourself what you enjoy and start narrowing it down from there until you discover that point where you would happily dedicate your entire life to that passion. (If you want more information on finding a passion that you can’t pinpoint, I would suggest buying the book and reading up on it).
Once you found your passion, or already know what it is, I truly believe that you have to go for it. I’m only twenty-two years old and I feel that I am living this depleted life because I’ve not invested my whole being into what I love most. This is why I’ve begun to dedicate myself more to my writing in 2017: starting this blog, getting a typewriter for distraction-free writing, and buckling down on drafting my next novel. Though I have to finish my undergrad degree still (only a few more months to go!) in a subject I am very interested in but not passionate about, I have been telling myself how I can use it to better my writing. Really truly, I shouldn’t have to be convincing myself that I’m doing the right thing — it should just sit well with me, completely. I should feel concretely that I am living the absolute most fulfilled life that I can possibly be leading at the moment. You should, too.
I don’t see why we so often engrain ourselves to simply go with the flow of societal expectations, as if we all need to be doctors or lawyers or CEOs, if that isn’t our passion. If it is — go for it! Pursue it! Love every single minute of the passionate life that you’ve created for yourself! If this isn’t what you want to do though, don’t do it. You goal should not be to make others happy, but to make yourself satisfied with the life you’re living. After all, you will be the only person who is present 100% of the time you are alive, not other people; it isn’t selfish to love your life, your existence. If you love what it is that you’re doing, you will find a way to do it. Maybe that means making some sacrifices upfront (i.e., taking a daytime job to keep you financially afloat while you pursue your passions in the evening/nights), perhaps at the expense of sleep, but it’s all worth it. I promise.