“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.” - Ruben Chavez
But, if you’re like me, you woke up one day and realized you couldn’t exactly pinpoint those passions. Or maybe you were in an interview, on a date, and were asked the simple, yet loaded questions surrounding your wildest dreams and desires. It’s important to learn that it is never too late, and you have always been entirely entitled to being your authentic self. It can be hard to remember what made life worth living while caught up in such a nonstop world-- one where it seems hard to find the light within the dark.
That’s the thing, though. It’s time for us to discover what we’re really passionate about, and actually go pursue those things -- this is how we find happiness on our hardest days; how we light up the darkness. Remembering and connecting with your passions can help you pursue the life you actually want, and deserve. But where to begin?
Take A Bird’s Eye View
Think about your life as it is. What do you hate? What do you love? What would you change? Don’t stop there. Go on to remember all of the things you dreamed about when you were younger. When things were much more simple, and doing what you wanted to do was just natural. Break down the mind’s limitations, see beyond limiting factors like money or time, and just daydream. What do you hate (or love) about the work you do? Never forget: much of your days, months, and years consist of working--make sure it is something you love to do. When your work is something that utilizes your skills, strengths, interests, and passions, you will flourish in all sense of the word. Go bloom.
Seriously, get those creative juices flowing! Be artistic, use your senses, and genuinely engage with yourself - mind/body/soul. One of the easiest ways to start this process is to create a “vision board”, or creativity board. Start by grabbing a large poster or bulletin board. Cover this poster with things that make you happy, or inspire you, and be sure to include everything about that “dream life” you discovered with your bird’s eye view activity.
Engage Your Inner Child
These were the days where you were really your authentic self. Untainted from life’s chaos and uncertainty, you were ready to take on the world. What made you happy? What were your hobbies? What did you say you’d be “when you grew up”? Focus on fun: if you could do anything right now, what would it be? What excites you? If you can’t remember, break out those old photo albums, or ask your loved ones what they remember about you as a child. When I did this, I ultimately created a road-map of the traits and passions I would embrace once more.
Own Who You Are
Have you ever considered that, at some point while “growing up”, you may have lost some of those unique sparks that made you, well, you? I most certainly did. Something that was quite fun and revealing was taking all of those personality type quizzes. You will be very surprised at what you find! Or, what you resonate with. This leads to other discoveries, such as career types most suited for you, or the types of friends and relationships you connect with (and deserve)! You will fall in love with yourself all over again. And that is when the real fun begins.
Explore and Embrace New Things
While your child-self holds a lot of clues and ideas about your authentic self and passions, it’s important to realize that life made you you for a reason. Appreciate the way you were molded, and now shape yourself to be whatever you’d like. Is there any hobbies, or crafts, that have been calling for your attention? Try new things! Make a list of all of the things you’ve been too afraid to do; push past the fear. There’s no room for it in your new, passionate life!
So, what are you waiting for? I hope you’re as excited as I am about the idea of all of us becoming empowered and passionate people once more. In today’s world, we could all benefit from a little bit more light.