“Find something you are passionate about” is what they tell people all the time. Looking for a job? Find something you are passionate about. Looking for a hobby? Find something you are excited about. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life (Anonymous). However, what if, like many people, you are passionate about all kinds of things? What do you do then? How do you narrow it down to one something you want to pursue? Is it possible to find your passion amid a sea of so many?
This is one concept that I struggled with for years. I would find something I loved and jump headstrong into it — because I was so passionate about it. I loved it. Moreover, yet, a few months later, something new would come along that I was equally excited about. I was passionate about helping mothers, party planning, money-saving, traveling, education — before I knew it, I was trying to balance four or five new passions. It was so easy for me to find passion, I could not understand when someone would tell me that he or she were having trouble finding their passion.
What? How can you not find your passion?
Just get out there and look.
Of course, with so many things to be passionate about, I did not have time for them, wasn’t giving any of them the time and attention they needed to truly blossom into anything, but I also wasn’t willing to give any of them up.
Moreover, the worst part was that I knew I was not able to dive into so many passions at once. However, I did not care. That is just who I am — if I find something that really grabs me, I dive in 150%. If I cannot give something my all, then I do not really want to do it.
Hence, my struggle. As the number of things, I was passionate about grew, my time and ability to juggle shrank. Before I knew it, people would ask me what I wanted to do, and I could not even answer — because I did not have the time to keep up with half the things I was most passionate about. Moreover, trying to decide which one I wanted to turn into a career? That was just impossible.
Why was it so easy for me to find my passion?
The difference for me was that I did not go looking to find my passion. I merely brought my love for anything and everything I did. Sometimes this resulted in me feeling as though I over-exerted myself for not a whole lot in return. I mean, you can only brush your teeth with so much passion before you just look like a smiling idiot frothing at the mouth while you stare into the mirror and spit. However, other times, I found that even tasks I did not think I would like were much more enjoyable only because I brought my passion and enthusiasm with me.
Still though, getting this all narrowed down into one area that I could use as my career was proving to be too complicated. I felt like I had to give something up, and I just wasn’t able to do that.
Find something your passions have in common.
Eventually, I sat down with my list of passions, determined to get them all narrowed to one so I could turn it into something. It took a while but eventually came up with one thought that all my passions seemed to center around – helping people. It does not even matter what I am helping them with, whether it be parenting advice, educational advice, job searches — heck I will sit down with people and show them how to clip coupons!! Everything I do, everything I dive headlong into, helps someone. The reason I never really saw the connection before is that they do not always help the same people.
This ended up being the key for me. By being able to determine why I was so passionate about so many things, I was able to find common ground and eventually, that is what culminated into my current career — and even this blog. So if you are also struggling to find your passion because you feel you have too many to choose from, try sitting down for a bit and take a look at all those different activities you are passionate about. Chances are, you will find a common theme behind them.
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