When you think about your passion in life, what comes to mind? Is it a hobby? Is it your career? When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Perhaps you thought you would become a doctor or a teacher. Maybe you wanted to be a professional athlete or an astronaut. I, like many, wanted to be a veterinarian. Over the years, however, things changed. I quickly realized that science was definitely not my strong suit. I also realized that (shocker) you kind of need to not only like science enough to study it for eight years but you kind of need to be good at it in order to become a vet…
Even when I left for school I had no idea what I wanted to study. The whole idea of going off to college when you are eighteen to study what you are going to do for the rest of your life is absolutely insane. I started down the business route and eventually added calculus and economics to the list of school subjects that I didn’t particularly.…excel in. I dabbled in several different subjects, ultimately obtaining my degree in Communications.
When I graduated, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with this degree and I didn’t have much direction as far as what to even begin searching for. How do you search for something that you are unaware of? Fast forward eight years and I am still kind of in the same boat. Talk about frustration!
Over those past eight years, I have had various jobs in various industries. From restaurants to insurance to my current stint in retail management. When I first started in visual merchandising, I thought that I had found my true passion. But now, I’m questioning my motives yet again. Why? Because, well, I’m not happy. I don’t feel fulfilled. I don’t feel challenged. Well, actually the one thing that feels challenged is my patience. Retail. Enough said…
I spend a great deal of my free time searching for and researching different jobs and I’ve started to wonder if I will ever really figure out what my passion in life really is. Job hunting is exhausting. It leaves you feeling defeated and inadequate. Why can’t I figure out what I want to be when I grow up? Why can’t I just find a job that I love and flourish in it?
Taking a step back and analyzing my career path over the past several years was challenging at first. I was all over the place and I used to get very down on myself for not being able to figure out what my THING is. What I have failed to realize is that the path that I have traveled down these past 10 years HAS led me to figure out what my thing is. Do I know what it is yet? Not at all! But I know I’m on the right track and I will figure it out eventually. Not to mention that I am starting to really understand what I like and what I don’t like.
I have also started to realize that our passions in life don’t necessarily have to equate to a career. Instead, they can be in the form of hobbies or activities that we participate in when we aren’t spending our days working. Sure, the ideal situation would be to find something that we are passionate about that can also provide us with a steady income to live. This may be easier said than done! However, in the mean time, what proactive steps can we take to help us determine what our purpose is? How do we discover our dream job or find that “thing” that we are so passionate about?
Experience different spaces and places. You don’t even have to travel very far to discover new and interesting passions. One of the great things about Columbus is that there are so many little neighborhoods complete with their own hidden gems. Coffee shops, parks, shops, breweries, restaurants…the list is endless and there are always new things popping up. Get out and there and see for yourself. Perhaps you will be inspired by what you find!
It took me years to build up the courage to go to my first yoga class. I’m almost kicking myself for not starting sooner because now I am so in love with it. Yoga has become a passion of mine and I plan on going through Yoga Teacher Training in the near future! There are so many new hobbies that I want to try to I know now that there is no sense in holding back or being afraid. How will you ever know if you like or dislike something unless you’ve tried it?
Since moving back to Columbus I have met SO many wonderfully inspiring people. To be honest, I’ve met most of them through Instagram! I went to dinner the other night with a few girls that I had never met before but always lusted over their Instagram feeds. It is so interesting to me to talk to others about their stories and their dreams. The great thing about humans is that we are all so different. Surrounding yourself with a diverse group of people who are passionate about all different things can be so motivating and inspiring in itself!
Read other people’s blogs. Read books. Read travel guides. Read everything! There is so much to learn and so little time to do it. Embrace every second that you have and use that time to learn and grow. You know that saying, “Knowledge is power”? Yeah, its true. Obtain knowledge and learn from others. Speaking of blogs, I highly recommend you check out one of my favorite bloggers over at My Lovelier Days. Diana recently wrote a great post that I could completely relate to! Why You Should Work at a Job You Hate. This girl has been such an inspiration to me and has been so supportive since I started on this blogging journey.
You are never too old to take control of your life. If you are unhappy then make a change. Move home. Go back to school. Change careers. We live in an ever-changing world and sometimes it helps to grow and adapt with it. Check out some of my previous blog posts relating to starting over. I made the biggest leap to start over almost a year and a half ago and I haven’t looked back since. Choosing to Defy Societal Norms, The Beginning of a New Beginning, How to Rediscover Motivation
So what are you waiting for? Let’s figure out our passions together! Do you already feel like you know what you are passionate about? Do more. Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Ultimately what it all comes down to is finding what makes us happy. Whether we find that in our career or simply in the hobbies and activities that we partake in outside of work. If it makes you happy, then you should most definitely do it!
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