Passion (noun): strong and barely controllable emotion.

Passion is talked about often in the media and in everyday conversation, and I feel as though we have become almost numb to this word. Everyone talks about finding your passion, and it seems to be even a fad to find your passion.

But what does that really mean, and how do you actually make sure to follow your dreams and find something you love doing? Do we get this mixed up with the question what’s your five year plan? How do we combine our five year plan”with our dreams and passions?

Honestly, it is simple and complex at the same time, and it varies for each and every single person. However, you have to pursue what you love, or figure out ways to implement that into your job that you are currently in.

I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t aren’t doing something you love or enjoy, then what is the point of life? There is way more to life than getting up every morning to go to class or to a job, come home, and then eventually fall asleep to only repeat the same thing the next day.

Life is about discovery, taking risks, and doing everything you can in this short time we have on Earth. Remember, if you are not truly happy in your job, or feel like you are not feeding your soul through what you are doing, it may be time to search to find a job that sets your heart on fire. Even if this means a pay cut, remember that one day all the happiness will be worth more than the money and material items you will acquire in life.

However, you may not be able to leave your job or take a lower salary due to your financial situation. Now, it becomes important to pursue passions outside of your job. If you have a passion for dance, take dance classes after work. Or if you have a passion for writing, start a blog or freelance on the side. There are plenty of ways to do what you love outside of your job or even school. You just have make the time to pursue what you love.

You should also explore activities you may have been interested in previously or ones you’ve never partaken in. You never know what you might fall in love with and want to pursue.

You don’t always have to work for a company in order to pursue your passion. Take a risk and start your own company or brand. There are now many tools and opportunities to make your dreams become a reality. You just have to lean into your fear and realize you may not succeed at first and that is okay. Nobody else has a say in what you should be pursuing but yourself. Nobody knows you better than you. Listen to your heart to guide you.

Remember, you may not have all the answers right now and that, honestly, is a great way to start. Why would you want to have all the answers and know everything to finding your passion? There would be no beauty in seeing what you accomplished and how you got to a place in your life of where you can see all the hard work pay off.

It’s okay not to have a set five year plan, as you may still be discovering yourself and what is out there. Set goals for yourself that are attainable and measurable, and figure out tactics to make those become accomplishments. Be like a sponge: absorb and learn absolutely everything you can from others and about yourself. You never know what other passions you may discover along your journey. Don’t ask yourself, “What if?” Instead, ask, “How can I make my dreams and passions a reality?”

Set aside some time to meditate and reflect upon yourself. Your desires and passions will come to you as you dig deeper into your soul.

 

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

 

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