“Find something you're passionate about” is what they tell people all the time. Looking for a job? Find something you're passionate about. Looking for a hobby? Find something you're excited about. Choose a job you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life (Anonymous). But what if, like a lot of people, you're 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. And yet, a few months later, something new would come along that I was equally passionate 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 couldn't understand when someone would tell me that they 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 didn't 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.
And the worst part was that I knew I wasn't able to really dive in to so many passions at once. But I didn't care. That's just who I am — if I find something that really grabs me, I dive in 150%. If I can't give something my all, then I don't 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 couldn't even answer — because I didn't have the time to keep up with half the things I was most passionate about. And 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 didn't go looking to find my passion. I simply brought my passion to 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 an smiling idiot frothing at the mouth while you stare into the mirror and spit. But other times, I found that even tasks I didn't think I would like were much more enjoyable simply 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 difficult. 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 really 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 doesn't even matter what I'm helping them with, whether it be parenting advice, educational advice, job searches — heck I'll 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 don't 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 the common ground and eventually that's what culminated into my current career — and even this blog. So if you're 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're passionate about. Chances are, you'll find a common theme behind them.
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