Are you stuck in a rut? For some people the daily 9 to 5 grind; a bank balance that doubles as a safety net and a fixed routine are all that is needed to stay happy and content. As for me – I don’t entirely agree, but that may be because I have the luxury of actually thinking about what makes me happy.
For most people – life revolves around making enough money to support their family, making sure their child gets the best education possible, and so on. Despite all this – I feel finding time for your “passion” is necessary to thrive in life.
As the saying goes “Your happiness lies in doing what you love.” Subsequently, doing what you love is vastly dependent on where you passion lies. Most people when faced with the question about what their passion is can’t point out anything specific.
How To Find Your Passion?
Finding your passion is like making a Venn diagram in your head – identifying your strengths, knowing which of them strengths and talents make you happy and having the ideal circumstances. If we were to break it down into more comprehensive and practical steps it would look like a step-by-step guide:
1. Know what you’re good at – Obviously, to do something well, you have to be good at it. It is impractical to assume your passion lies in sketching when you can’t even draw a perfect circle.
2. Gauge your options with confidence – when you don’t have faith in yourself and your abilities, other won’t harbor it either. Hence, it is essential for you to believe that you are good at something, that you love.
3. Make do with what you have – More often than not, the circumstances a woman needs to pursue her passion are not ideal. For instance, in some cultures – women may not be encouraged to go after their dreams or pursue their passions. For example – I know people who think my education and freedom is getting to my head. Either way, it is important to work around your situation till you can mold it to benefit you.
4. Be consciously aware of the insignificance of other people – what other people think of you or your passions should be the least of your concerns. Stopping yourself from broadening your horizon simply because it doesn’t seem to fit into your society’s norms is a hurdle which will get you nowhere!
5.Trial and error – You’re not going to land on your dream job that helps you cultivate your passion into something better. Life is tough – there are trials and errors. Therefore,” If you never try, you will never know, just what you’re worth.”
One thing is pretty sure – nothing ever comes easy in this life, especially the good stuff. Your passions, how strongly you feel about something; help you become the person you are. Stripping yourself out of self-doubt is the most important things in knowing your passion. It could be something as gender stereotypical as knitting for a woman or something as untraditional as karate. What others think of you and your passions mean absolutely nothing. Simply do what makes you happy and aim for a life that enables you to do everything passionately – because lukewarm is boring!