How many times have you had someone say, “Just find your Passion”. Or you have heard the old saying “Do what you are passionate about, and you won’t work another day in your life”.
I’m not going to lie, for years hearing these words really pissed me off! I didn’t know what I was passionate about, let alone knew how to make this into something I could do every day.
I would look around me and see people living these amazing lives doing what they loved, and I had major green eyes towards them. So I decided to dig a little deeper and discover, first what living your passion meant to me, and then how I could go about doing this.
For me, living your passion is all about living a life that you love, regards of what this looks like. What I discovered on my journey to finding out how to ‘live my passion’, was that there was no one way to do this. There are so many self-help books and articles on the web talking about how to find your passion etc, and yes some of them were helpful. However, others made it seem like such hard work! Screw that! So this is what I did to help me on the path of ‘living my passion.’ It is very simple, and cuts outs to the chase in helping you find your passion!
Finding Your Passion
To help me find my passion, I asked myself these 3 questions:
1. What are you good at?
2. What do you like to do?
3. What makes you happy?
4. Which ones of these cross over or connect to each other?
Then I asked myself these questions:
1. Are you excited to get out of bed and go about your day?
2. What do you feel is holding you back in life?
3. How often do you do what you love/makes you happy?
4. What you are currently doing in life, are you doing it for you, or doing it to please someone else?
A Visualisation To Help Manifest What You Desire
A beautiful little exercise I love to do is to imagine my perfect day. Just a normal day (not a day when you win the lottery or anything like that) in which you are truly happy and living your passion.
I love to do this a few times, one for me right now (or the near future), one for me in a year, and one for me in 5 years. I find these “perfect” days really differ between these different time frames, and I can see what direction I want my life to be going.
Once doing this, I then have a look at how my life is going now, and what I can do to help create these perfect days in my life. I have a look at the path I am walking down and see if this is leading me to the destination I desire.
YOUR PASSION DOES NOT HAVE TO BE YOUR JOB!
Something that always annoys me when people say ‘follow your passion’; people take this to mean: you have to up-heave your life and quit your job to live your passion. Let’s be honest here, it is just not in everyone’s reality to do this. People have families to support, bills to pay, food to buy etc.
Living your passion looks different for everyone! We are often lead to believe that ‘following our passion’ means quitting our jobs to pursue our long-forgotten dream of being a health coach or whatever. (Also not knocking health coaches, as I personally am one! haha) I believe that ‘living your passion’ is about living a life that truly nourishes you in mind, body and spirit. It is about finding love and passion and joy in our every day lives. For example, if your passion is painting: You don’t have to quit your job, move to Paris and become the next Picasso. (I mean if you can, you can totally go and do that!) What you can do, is find ways to bring your love of painting into your life. Sure you may still have your 9-5 job, but evenings and weekends could be about going to art museums and joining an art class. What about even setting up a stall at your local market and selling your gorgeous paintings there? There are so many ways we can incorporate our passions into our current lives, rather than throwing that all away and starting from scratch like a mid-life crisis scenario!
Find out what your passion is, and then find out a way to bring this passion into your life. Remember there are no rules to ‘living your passion’. Do not ever feel like your passion is silly or not good enough to be qualified as a passion. If your passion is being a mum or dad, then that is your passion, no questions asked, no justification needed. If your passion is gardening, thrift shopping, or trying to make the world a better place… then that is YOUR PASSION! HECK YES!
As the fabulous Marc Jacobs said: