Finding Your Passion
Finding Your Passion
How do you find passion? What keeps you lost in the present moment? I struggle to answer this myself constantly. I think most people out there are looking for something greater. Something different. The problem is that we have been conditioned at a young age to forget almost entirely about passion. It’s not done with any overt means or anything. In fact, it’s almost done subconsciously within our man-made institutions.
Here’s the trick. When you’re in school, grade school for instance, you get told that middle school, that’s for big kids. You look out the window sometimes and you see them, all moving along and living their lives. They seem so much more knowledgeable. Well, then you get to middle school, and then you find out about high school. You see the teenagers file out of the building from time to time, so calm and cool, filled with some sense of purpose, right?
This continues nearly our entirely lives, college, the real world, the next promotion, the next step, on and on, incessantly. We get so used to thinking that at the next step of my life, I’m going to plateau. I’ll hit a certain level, and that’ll be it, no more floundering for meaning in my day-to-day life.
That’s just the mistake. In order to truly live and find our passion in life, we cannot stop searching, that’s the human condition we all share. There’s no point in our lives where we just sort of “make it.” Or some point where we just stop worrying, and life and meaning coalesce into one simple thing that you and I can know at our ease. There’s a reason why there are hundreds of books from so many philosophers trying to nail down just what the heck is going on in this life.
Don’t Stop Searching.
What would you do if money were no object? What if you had all the time in the world? What would you do? I know that the answer I have now is different to the one I had in my 20s, and in my teenage years. That’s because we are all constantly changing, even at a molecular level.
Stop and consider this for a moment. Every living cell inside your body at this very moment is entirely different than the ones when you were born. If that doesn’t blow your mind, sit and think about it for a moment. It’s life changing. Nothing about us has remained the same, and that’s a truly special and empowering thing.
You aren’t in a box. Nobody can really tell you what identity to have, or what you ought to think is important. In fact, you have changed your identity several times, just physiologically speaking. So why would finding your passion be any different? It’s out there surely, but we cannot expect to just sort of “get it,” one day.
And here’s the thing, nobody can really tell you what your passion is. It can be awfully fickle. I think the key is that you can’t try to just nail it down, or even define it outright. Just try to do things that make you happy or deeply fulfilled. It takes an awful lot of introspection. Some of us never find it. But sometimes, some of us get a passing glance of something so much larger than ourselves, something so much clearer. And when that happens, all you have to do is just walk in that direction.
Now look, I’ll level with you, a lot of this can seem kind of vague, am I right? Passion is an incredibly subjective thing to which other people can only obscurely point you in the right direction. After all, who am I to tell you what it is you ought to find meaningful. If I take that position, and if you follow it, we’re no closer to meaning than we were in middle school. No, the stuff of it lies within you. To find our passion we have follow the quiet voice inside our heads that from time to time whispers to us, “go forth.”
There may not ever be a clear signpost telling you what makes you come alive. It may take a week or years to find out what it is you love, but once you have it, don’t stop there. Once you think you know it, keep growing. We must keep pursuing what we love, or else it will go off, and we will have to start from square one once again. But don’t let that discourage you. The journey to passion is half the battle. In fact, if you feel lost, you may be exactly where you ought to be. Only through challenging ourselves, through the doubt, fear and sadness, can we rise above and know the exact opposite of these feelings. And getting to the root of these problems may let you discover just what it is you need in your life after all.