… is BS.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea recently. My issue is that passion is singular. It should be plural. For the overwhelming majority of us, we have many passions. It’s rare to find somebody who stumbled into a passion at fifteen and thought, “Yup, this is it. This is the thing I want to to everyday for the rest of my life.” That doesn’t happen. It happens in the movies but not in real life.
Instead we find something we like and do that for a little while. Then we move onto the next thing. Maybe our interests overlap. Maybe they don’t. Our passions change, they expand, they develop, and this is how it must be. We change and evolve and it makes perfect sense that the things we love to do change as well.
I recently realized that I can have many passions. With emphasis on the “s.” Maybe I’m not the one-in-a-million that gets a single aha! moment and realizes that this is what she wants to do. Instead, I can have many passions. I’ve spent more years than I would like to admit, thinking that I had to choose a single passion. I couldn’t be a yoga teacher and a baker and a jewelry maker and an writer and an animal rescuer. I couldn’t do all of those things. I had to choose. Or so I thought.
I spent so much time trying to choose between which passion was going to be the one, that I missed out on getting shit done. I could have accomplished more if I had thought less and did more. From here on out, I’m over the singular passion idea. To me, it’s plural and the expression should be changed to “find your passions.”
It’s no surprise I stumbled across this quote on tumblr. It’s perfect.
“It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.” Sally Coulter