Passion has been a buzzword for a long time.
What’s interesting is that earlier in my life I had an idea of what passion was supposed to mean. I have no idea exactly where my definition of passion came from but it looked something like this.
If I was really passionate about something I would spend my days (and nights) thinking about this thing. I would want to put all my energy and enthusiasm into it, and nothing else would matter. This passion would last me a lifetime and if I was involved with it and in it, I would have purpose, meaning, and all the fulfillment I could ever want in my life.
So I set off on this course to find this one “passion” of mine that was supposed to be the driving force of my life.
And do you know what happened?
I failed EPIC-ly in the finding my passion department.
Because my idea about what a “real”, “true”, and “correct” passion was, was all wrong for me.
I saw other people who seemed like they had found their “one” thing and their drive, excitement, and determination was so strong that I thought I had to feel that same way.
Except I didn’t. I truly thought something was wrong with me genetically because I couldn’t find that one passion. Or maybe I really didn’t have a “purpose” on this planet.
That kind of messed me up for a while. What was I doing wrong that I couldn’t find this “thing” in my life that I could devote all my time and energy towards?
Have you ever felt this way too?
Here’s what I figured out.
Some people do have that one driving, burning passion that leads their life.
I’m thrilled for them.
Most people do not.
I’m in the most category. Maybe you are too.
One of my favorite definitions of passion comes from Merriam-Webster:
“A strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”.
This little definition of passion feels so much more accessible to me.
It takes out all the bigness and stress about finding that ONE thing to devote my life to.
Because I have a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for many different things.
In fact, I love variety in my life so much it’s one of my core values.
I couldn’t possibly have one passion, it’s not in my DNA.
When I just think about devoting all my time and energy into one focus, my whole body freezes up. I would be bored out of my freaking mind. That is the absolute opposite of passion.
Passion is all about meaning. What causes or activities light you up enough that when you are involved with them you feel like your life has more meaning?
For me anyway, that is what passion is all about.
You can have one big area of life you’re passionate about or multiple others.
It doesn’t matter.
What matters is that your life feels meaningful, to YOU.
Whether it’s filled with one passion, or many, is neither here nor there.
If you’re worried you haven’t found your one big passion yet, you can stop. It might not even exist.
Spend your time, energy, and enthusiasm on as many activities you want to. And know that if your life feels meaningful to you, you’ve already found your passion(s).
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