There’s a ton of enthusiasm out there about chasing your dream and living your passion. Even I talked about making time for your passion, because goodness knows that time is a limited resource. But it occurred to me that not everyone is like me, doggedly pursuing goal they’ve had in mind since they could write.
In fact, writing is my passion! Do you know what yours is?
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There’s nothing like having something you wake up ready to pursue. Something you talk about, dream about and make plans for. If you don’t already know what it is, are you ready to find it? Once you do, there’s no going back. You’ll be like the rest of us, in a relentless pursuit of the One Thing we want most. (A-hem, some people have a much more balanced approach than yours truly.)
First, what is a passion? It’s the One Thing that will propel you forward when the odds are stacked against you and you feel like target practice for unseen forces of evil. It’s also the One Thing you can’t imagine life without. It’s the One Thing that if you got to the end of your life and didn’t accomplish it, you’d be deeply disappointed.
Still need help discovering your secret passion? Let’s take a closer look.
Discovering Your Secret Passion
Consider the following observations and questions, and think about what hits you upside the head:
- What fills you with you joy and excitement? It can be an issue or an activity, or a combination of both.
- Think back to your childhood. What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up? Many passions have early roots. They won’t necessarily look the same at maturity, but the seeds were there early on.
- What do you like to spend time doing? Think about what you’d do if you didn’t have the pressure of work or family, and you could spend your time any way you wanted. (A big dream, I know!)
- Consider what interests you, when you have time to explore without outside pressure.
- What are you good at? Think about what people have complimented you on throughout your life.
- Look for the patterns. You’ve probably been drawn towards certain issues or interests, things that keep you up at night and wake you early. Activities you find yourself being drawn to over and over, even if you try to pull back.
Maybe you’re like me and you have a heap of things that interest you. That’s fine! You can have more than one passion and be good at many things. Not only that, passions can change over time as you are exposed to more things, meet more people and experience life. It might be charity work, sports, art, music—it’s a big world with endless possibilities.
Think big, and after that think bigger!
As I mentioned earlier, writing has been my passion since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I always had a clear goal in mind, but it was always “I’ll be doing that someday.” About 12 years ago I decided that “someday” was now. It’s been a hard road with more downs than ups, but I can’t deny that there’s some sense of pleasure that makes up for the pain. A sense of doing what I feel like I’m supposed to, even if it doesn’t look like the dreams of an 11 year old kid hammering out her first novel, Death on Penthouse Avenue, with her first typewriter. (Yes, I’m that old!)
If you don’t already have a clear idea what your passion is, I hope you find it—or rather, that it finds you. When it happens, live it! Don’t keep it a secret, but share it with others. Go out and find your tribe members—they’re out there. Most of all, enjoy it.
I believe we were all created with a purpose, and while purpose and passion don’t always intersect, they often do. Living intentionally matters. Life matters. Each day…matters. Even if you’re like me, at home buried under a mountain of laundry, now is a great time to pursue the One Thing that burns in your heart.
What’s your secret passion, and are you living it each day?
(Psst: guess what??? I took another step forward with my secret—or not-so-secret—passion. Barbour publishing has offered me a book contract for my novel tentatively titled Shadows of Hope, slated to be a 2018 release!!!!)