Finding your passion and following it.

Throughout your life I am sure you have been asked on more than one occasion- What is your passion or what are you passionate about?  This is usually in reference in regards to what you want to do with your life.  Do you want to be a doctor, lawyer, singer, Etc?  As kids we all had a million dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up.  Some of us as we grow up and enter the work force we follow our passion and get the exact job we want (or so we thought).  While others end up taking a job that they never considered growing up doing but it turns into something that they love doing and it becomes their passion.  Just as we grow as individuals our ideals, values, and even our passions change.  What we enjoyed a month ago may not be what we enjoy today.  That’s O.K.  It is part of life and part of growth.  So if everything keeps changing then how can we truly find what we are passionate about and follow it.

It can take some people a life time to discover what they are passionate about.  Let’s be real for most of us we don’t have a lifetime to figure it out.  Take me for example.  When I was a kid I wanted to be a pediatrician or a physical therapist.  I went to school for Sports Medicine but I definitely did not go into that line of work.  I have always wanted to travel and lately I have gotten into cooking as well ( I am not master chef).  Neither of these I would say are my life’s passion, just things that I like to do.  As I have mentioned in previous posts over the past year I have started taking up computer programming.  Growing up I never dreamed that I wanted to be a computer programmer, heck I didn’t even know what one was.  However, over the course of the past year I have realized that I really enjoy coming up with a concept and creating it myself.  It’s that feeling of accomplishment like “Wow! I made this”, that keeps me wanting to make more.  It’s not easy.  I often times feel like I am not good enough (post for another day) to be doing this.  Then I think to myself “everyone starts from somewhere”.  So I keep at it.  I also love the idea that this is something that me and my husband can do together.  We can create and work together because we make a great team.

I guess for me discovering my passion isn’t the same for everyone else.  I feel my passion is doing something that challenges me.  Makes me take a step back and look at the bigger picture.  It is knowing that I had a hand in creating something that someday people may find useful or helpful.  I guess I don’t have one singular passion; its just knowing that I did everything I could in life to be happy.  Maybe passion is figuring out what your values and ideals are and living your life that way.  It is just one of those things that will always be debatable.  No two people are the same.  Live your life how you see fit and I think passion will follow.

 

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