I’m happy I have found my passion in life. It’s traveling, certainly, but aside from that, it’s also writing and helping abused children. I didn’t dream of these as a child; all I wanted then was to be an astronaut. Somehow, there were some turning points in my life that eventually led me to this path, and I’m glad to say that should I pass from this world now, I can say I have lived my life fully and well.
Not everyone can say they have discovered their passion in life. Have you? If you’re not sure, maybe you can ask yourself some questions. What can make you feel so excited to do that you’re willing to do it even though there’s no money in it? What is it that can make you wake up in the morning smiling, all ready to face the day ahead?
Is it traveling, cooking, or helping other people? Or is it running, crocheting, or painting? Is it teaching others a certain skill, treating them of their illnesses, or taking care of babies? Whatever your answer is, congratulations! You know—and do—what you love doing, and you’re living your life full of passion and joy. You don’t dread the coming of a new day, knowing that each moment only brings happiness and a sense of fulfilled purpose.
On the other hand, if you couldn’t think of anything that you’re passionate about, don’t despair. You are definitely not alone. A lot of people are not aware of what their passion is, and they live through life doing things that they think they should be doing, deriving neither pleasure nor fulfillment from it.
At this stage in your life, can you still find out what your passion is? Yes, you can do it no matter how old you are. It takes a certain amount of desire, commitment, and maybe a little luck, but with some effort, you will be able to discover a new part of yourself that you never thought existed.
If you’re serious at wanting to change your life and make it more meaningful by discovering your passion, here are some of the things you can do. I don’t know if these will work for you (there are a LOT of guides out there on this same topic!), but it may start you on track.
Devote some time to self-reflection. I know we have all gone through the difficult periods of asking for the meaning of our lives and not finding it. Some may give up and just continue what they have been doing, even though they get no fulfillment from it. Instead of trying to find meaning, maybe you can try to pinpoint your passion instead. Ask yourself these questions:
- what activity/activities do I enjoy doing the most?
- what things make me look forward to in facing a new day?
- what topic/s do I enjoy talking about with my friends?
- what or where am I good at?
Just write whatever comes into your head for every question above. Don’t worry about grammar or whether or not it’s making sense. If you’re too conscious of what you’re going to write, you will end up writing nothing. So ask yourself one question at a time and just write, write, write.
If you have difficulty, you can also tap your friends’ help. I read somewhere of a suggestion where you can use Facebook or Twitter or some other social networking site to ask a question like this: “Hey friends! What are the things that you think I like doing best?” Depending on who’s on your friends’ list, you may either get a LOT of answers or none at all. Don’t worry about it; it will only serve as additional information.
From the list of things that you really enjoy doing, choose one. Educate yourself on all its aspects and how you can do more of it. If you like traveling for example, but have been held back by your kids, why not find a nearer destination where you can take them with you? You will not only be doing what you love, you’d be bonding with your family too! If you’ve always wanted to travel solo, but have been held back by a lot of fears, why don’t you try taking a leap of faith and doing it closer to home first?
Get rid of the “but.” It’s one surefire way that can hold you back from doing the things you love to do. Remember that if you really want it, you will find ways to achieve it. If you don’t want it hard enough, all you will find are excuses not to do it. Forget the “but.” Just go ahead and do it.
Following your life’s passion is hard to do. After all, you need money, you do need to live, and you may have others who depend on you. However, there will certainly be a way that you can follow your passion and still meet your commitments. Remember, life is very short. You never know when it’s your time. If you begin to live your life full of passion and joy, you can definitely say that yes, this is how life should be lived.
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Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!