If you read any book about careers or read anything career related, they all tell you to do what your passion is. But what if you don’t have a clue what your passion is? This is perfectly fine. In fact, I urge you to not put pressure on yourself to find a passion for the sake of having one. Below are reasons why you shouldn’t find a passion for the sake of having one.
Finding Your Passion Is Like Finding Love
You know the old saying, ‘you’ll find love when you aren’t looking for it’? The same holds true for your passion. If you are making lists of things you love to do and trying to figure out if any of those are your true passion, you are going to be disappointed.
Learn to live life and let your passion come to you. I would have never guessed in a million years I would love to blog. I hated English class in high school with a passion. When I finally graduated from graduate school, I was elated. Not because I had my degree (OK that was part of it) but also because I didn’t have to write any more research papers!
Yet here I am, writing multiple times a week on various topics. Had I been trying to find my passion, I never would have found it because I never would have considered writing. Be open and let your passion find you.
You’ll Spend A Ton Of Money
As you try out various things on your list, trying to figure out if they are your true passion, you are going to spend a lot of money. In most cases, spending money on things you enjoy doing is never a dumb thing. But chances are, you are going to get discouraged with the things you enjoy.
You’ll start to become resentful because even though you enjoy doing these things, you realize they aren’t your passion. You will then question why you are spending so much money on things that aren’t your passion. It’s a vicious cycle.
Many People Don’t Find Their Passion Until Later
The great thing about life is that everyone’s life is unique to themselves. We each have our own passion. We each find our passions at different times in life. I’ve known friends that found their passion when they were teenagers and I’ve known others that never found their passion until they were in their 40’s.
The great thing about it is that neither one has any regrets. You might think that waiting until 40 to find your passion would make the person bitter, but not at all. He says he enjoyed the life he had, doing the things he enjoyed doing. He never focused on a passion. He just lived his life.
Then one day when he was 42, he went for a kayak ride for the first time and the rest is history. He now is a kayak instructor. Just like with me and my writing, he never would have thought that kayaking would be his passion. But it is.
The key to finding your passion is to just live life and keep trying new things. If you only focus on the things you love to do, you are going to have a hard time finding your passion. After all, if you do the things you enjoy and they aren’t already your passion, chances are they aren’t going to become your passion. This isn’t to say you should stop doing them. They bring you enjoyment after all. But continue to try new things and live life and when the timing is right, you will find your passion.