Passion. Do you have it? You may have it for someone romantically but that isn’t exactly what I’m talking about. I’m talking about a passion, a desire that gets you up and keeps you moving. They call it the fire in your belly. A lot of us have it for family but when it comes to living our day-to-day lives, our jobs, our activities, how we spend our time, a lot of us live a passion-less existence. To me, that is sad.
I have a good friend who is passionate about yoga. She loves it. When she wants to do something she enjoys, often it is yoga. When she needs a stress reliever, it’s yoga. A former co-worker is passionate about gardening. She experiences her Zen moments when she is working in the yard, tending to her plants or pruning trees or bushes (whatever it is you prune because clearly gardening is not my passion). It wasn’t uncommon for her to come to work with fresh herbs or tomatoes or whatever else she had growing in her garden.
Me? Clearly writing and podcasting are passions. I love speaking with people and the entire podcasting process. It brings me joy, it brings me peace. I am also passionate about learning and development, the field I’ve spent the past twenty years in. I have tried to build my life around things, issues and people that stoke the passions within. For me, pursuing passions is a very major key to happiness.
It is tragically obvious to me when I see someone who doesn’t have passion. You can see it on their face – the exhaustion, the frustration, the despair. You can feel it in their attitude – aggravated, annoyed, and even sometimes angry and aggressive. Imagine going from A to B to C with no drive or energy. Waking up to every day starting out feeling beaten. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Now, what about you? What and where are your passions? Most importantly, what role do they play in your life? Are you pursuing them? Are you making excuses for not having enough time? Are they barely warm on the backburner of your life?
Your passions don’t have to be huge. World travel could be nice but maybe you are passionate about reading romance novels. It could be you share my passion for pets. You could be passionate about dance. Spending time doing something with it will go a long way towards soothing your soul.
Find some passion in your career too. Do you enjoy helping people? Are you passionate about learning or teaching? Maybe you love numbers and solving problems. Find something that ignites your interest and your passion.
Now, I am about to say something that runs completely contrary to popular wisdom. “Do what you love and the money will come.” Not exactly. What you love doesn’t have to be your career. Your dream does not have to be your vocation. There are so many people out there who have shun great career opportunities to pursue their dream, a dream more suited to be a hobby. A love for singing does not have to translate into a professional singing career (it can be but it doesn’t have to be). It could be satisfied by singing in a band on the weekend, or in a church choir. There are lots of ways to indulge that passion. If you can make a career out of a passion, that is great. However, a career that includes your interests and that you enjoy is great. Make that career what funds and makes your passion possible.
My guest on this week’s podcast, Debbie Evans, is a woman who lives her passions and it is infectious. I actually met her several weeks ago at an open house event. After speaking with her for just a few minutes, I knew I had to have her on my show and I knew she had to talk about passion! She talks about her passion for entrepreneurship and how it has affected her and her children and her latest passion project Sheago.
What are your passions and how do you fit them into your busy life?