Curiosity takes me to discover my passion
I was in the next room a few weeks ago and overheard my step daughter talking to her friends about finding her passion. Yes, I was kind of eavesdropping (sorry!) but it is something that I have been thinking about too so I was curious about how a university student views it. She was working on a personal project which relates to her field of study and she was worried that she wasn’t as excited about it as she thought she would be. I was really surprised, as I find her quite passionate about what she wants to do and life in general – oh to be young!
This expression makes me wonder if passion is only for the young and then think about what it means to “find your passion”. There are many posts that talk about finding a career about which you are passionate and there are some great ideas. Leo Babuta summarizes some ideas for helping to find your passion and do it for a living in the post how to find your passion. The sheer volume of articles on this topic makes me wonder how many people are truly doing something about which they are passionate. Also, what happens when you are moving into a phase of your life where you don’t have a traditional career, or you have to earn income from a job that you like, but certainly don’t love?
In high school, I was determined to be a veterinarian as I have always loved animals. Sadly, I am allergic to most, so it was recommended that I pursue something else – why not medicine I thought. After my second year in a science program, one too many chemistry courses, a little episode with causing a volcano in the lab which sprayed me and the girl across from me with thankfully diluted acid (and also perhaps a few too many parties), I figured out that medical school was not going to happen. My best friend was in the Commerce program, so I switched to that and chose accounting as it seemed to appeal to my logical brain. Can you say trouble finding my passion!!
One way of looking at “your passion” is not as a certain activity, but as a mindset. As an accountant, I had what many people would consider a boring job. (Although not if you watch the new CPA ad – you’d think we are very exciting! CPA TV spot). Some things did not inspire me, and I realized over time that I’m just not wired to do taxes or research new accounting standards. But I approached many parts of my job with enthusiasm and, as I was told a few times, sometimes a little too much passion. Even accountants can get carried away!
I think passion is about:
- A positive outlook
- A desire to make things better
- Always learning
I suggested to my stepdaughter that she focus on continuing to nurture the “how” of being passionate and the “what” would come. For me in the next stage of my life, I think photography and writing will be the ways in which I display my passion for learning and living an adventurous life.
What will be yours?