What is Passion?

When I was younger I had a clear vision for my life and a clear vision for my passions. To me passion was akin to obsession.  Whether it was my complete devotion to the New Kids on the Block or reading mystery novels, I was rabid and could devote any amount of time to my passion. I've found it difficult to sustain those early levels of passion and as I have aged, my levels have radically decreased.  Although I find a hundred different things interesting, I would be hard pressed to say that I was passionate about anything today.

In my wannabe pursuit to figure out what I am doing with my life I have kept coming back to the roadblock of passion.  The books that I'm ready keep telling me to follow my passion, but no where are they articulating how one actually determines what their passion is.

Recently I came across this quote from Elizabeth Gilbert that finally gives me an inkling of what I can do to begin the process of discovering my passion.

When passion feels so out of reach—curiosity can be a calming diversion. If passion is a tower of flame, than curiosity is a modest spark—and we can almost always summon up a modest spark of interest about something.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Right now I am pursing my interests and I am hopeful that this process of following what interests me will eventually lead to discovering my passion.

What are you passionate about? How did you discover or uncover your passion?

Krista BoivieComment