Finding Your Passion: For Forever or For Right Now

Do you have friends or family members who have a real passion for something in life? It might not be something they do as part of their regular job, but it’s what gives their life meaning. Maybe your sister loves music and plays guitar, or perhaps your father began painting in retirement. There are people who love traveling, cooking, running, collecting stamps, animal rescue or sports. Whatever it is, there’s nothing like seeing their eyes light up when they talk about it. If you’ve wondered why you never cultivated the same type of love for an activity in your own life, perhaps you’ve just never found your passion. The tips below can help with finding your passion, and even if you don’t find something you are single-minded about, you are bound to enjoy some interesting experiences along the way.

Brainstorm

To start with, make a list of interests, hobbies and activities that you think you might enjoy. Think about your childhood. Did you dream of hiking long-distance trails, or was singing what you loved to do most? Think about right now as well. Do you tend to make elaborate dishes for the office potluck? Have you ever thought about taking cooking more seriously? The point of brainstorming is to turn off the side of your brain that says no, so you may even want to add a few things you never really saw yourself doing before. Maybe you never imagined that you would enjoy skiing, but why not give it a try? Once you’ve got your list, go back over it and see if you can modify any truly impossible ideas. For example, it may be too late in life to become an astronaut, but how could you support research into space travel? Next, it’s time to look at what you can do practically.

Experiment

Now, have fun. As we get older, we often get more hesitant to try things we aren’t necessarily good at, but you should set that fear aside in the pursuit of your potential new passion. Give some things a try; the worst that can happen is that they don’t work out. If you think you’ve found the right fit, whether it’s scuba diving, sculpting or snowboarding, you may need some extra cash to go to the next level. A personal loan can help you pay for any extra equipment or lessons. It only takes a few minutes to find the right personal loan option that can help support you in the pursuit of your new passion.

Persist

Whether you’ve tried to find a passion and failed, tried to make a living at your passion and failed or found and then lost your passion, stay persistent. You could have a breakthrough at any time. Maybe you’ll find your niche after years of struggling. Your love for an activity could come back, or you might move on and find something new. Remember, the idea behind finding and pursuing your passion is to enhance your life, so don’t make yourself miserable chasing something you no longer enjoy. If you have to, go back to the beginning and brainstorm and experiment again. Join your friends in something they love if you’re stuck for inspiration. The enthusiasm of others can be infectious.


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