The Nagging Thoughts
Let’s get straight to it. When it comes to finding your passion for the rest of your life, it is a confusing path. Every day is the same struggle. For example, when you are enjoying the nice weather outside. The sun is bright, the birds are chirping, and the crisp and smooth wind is blowing. All of a sudden, the inquiring thoughts blow into your mind and you ask yourself. “If you did not have to worry about money, how would you enjoy spending your life?” “What do you desire in your life?” Do those questions sound familiar to you?
These thoughts pop into the mind every day and it can be a pain at times… Okay, it is a constant pain in your life. People are complex individuals that are capable of doing many things. When some people box themselves in a specific field, it gives them confusion and anxious thoughts about success. It is not easy to pinpoint what you want to do for the rest of your life because people have many interests. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to have skills in something that you are content with your life. And if you are sure about pursuing your dreams, go get it. I’m talking to the scatterbrains, the explorers, the adventurers, and the jacks of all trades who are confused about their career paths and passions. I am talking to the dreamers that want to make an impact in the world.
Doubting your Passion?
For a person who is trying to find their passion in the crazy maze we call life, it can make them feel anxious, confused, and somewhat depressed. The reason why they feel this way is because they have many dreams or goals in their heads that they want to achieve sometime in their life. And what happens a lot of times is that these dreamers fall short on turning those dreams into a tangible reality. That is why some of them become restless and unsatisfied with their life. However, to be fair, it is difficult to answer the question to oneself, “What do I want to pursue first that I have a general interest in?” It can be hard for people who want to achieve those grandiose aspirations into tangible reality.
You are probably reading this article thinking to yourself, “how does this guy know the feeling of trying to find your passion?” Also, if it makes you feel better, I’m one of them. However, I am not going to prop myself as an expert that has all the answers because that would be a boldface lie. Just like everyone else and myself included are trying to figure out our individual purpose in life. So, I feel your pain and I know the struggle is real.
When it comes to trying to find my passion in life, I was a sucker for career and personality quizzes and assessments hoping that I would find it sooner than later. I was impatient in the past when I was asking myself the million dollar question, “What is your passion?” That lingering question would eat me alive with confusion and worst-case scenarios every day. It is not a fun feeling to have when you are trying to figure it out.
How to Find your True Passion
Like I said, I am no expert, this is just an open post to my confused cousins out there who are trying to find meaning in their lives to understand to never give up because it will come, eventually. If someone were to ask me about what I want out of life, I would say the following: I want to do something that is creative, something that will satisfy my curiosity, make an impact on the world by giving them useful information. I want to do something that will make every day an active learning experience. I want to do something that could generate thought-provoking discussion for others and engage in global and domestic topics and issues. Every time I think about those factors that I want, I always think about writing, specifically article writing.
Now granted, I have many interests as well aside from writing articles and discussing issues. I like to play basketball for fun, play chess, participate in theater acting, play billiards, bike-riding, working out, reading, and hanging out with friends. So, if I had all of these interests, how did I figure out my passion? I had to explore my options and actually go out and do the stuff that I was interested in. Talk is cheap, sometimes you have to prove to yourself that you truly enjoy a particular hobby or interest. Then, ask yourself, “Would I keep doing this whether money was involved or not?” If the answer is no, then that’s just a hobby. If yes, congrats, you found your passion.
I say all that to say, it is okay to have those nagging thoughts come into your mind.
I am happy with what I am doing right now and that I am doing it. However, I am never satisfied because there is no limit to knowing things around you or even inside you. Regardless if I was getting paid or not, I would still write because I like researching topics. I like asking questions about the topics that I am covering because it is a learning adventure. As I am writing this post, I am on an adventure within myself. That’s why I suggest to people that you have to look inside yourself and ask the question, “What means the most to me?”.
With that question, you start looking at options that could be a potential breakthrough for you. By the way, don’t be afraid to try something that you have interest in, you may end up liking it in the end. It is better to do something that you are passionate about rather think about it. Just do it or find a way to do it. Final word: your only limit is you.