In my part two in the university, I met a friend who had a huge passion for creative arts, an incredibly talented young man with a big heart for creative works. But guess what? As brilliantly gifted as he appeared, he struggled studying biochemistry en route a medical degree. He once said to me, “I love painting as you can see but my parents would have me study medicine and become a medical doctor at all cost.”
This brings me to the subject of passion – that inner drive and obsession to pursue what makes you happy and fulfilled in life. Going by my little research, I’ve come to discover that far too many people are stuck in jobs, employments, careers, occupations, businesses, professions or hobbies that make them miserable, depressed, dejected, disillusioned or sad.
For example, globally, a staggering 48% of employees are unhappy in their current job roles. This data according to a survey implies that almost half the entire workforce of the world is dissatisfied with their work. A very disheartening figure yet a true reflection of the population caught in the web of ‘unpassionate’ pursuits.
So, what then is passion?
Passion as some people think is not one esoteric place, location, thing or ideology. It is that tugging within every human that constantly reminds us to make our lives count; To do what we love even if we don’t get paid for doing it. It is that hunger, crave or desire in us all to be someone or something really significant.
There are many reasons why a person can be trapped in a vicious circle of unfulfilling vocation, trade, craft or career. Some of which are listed as follows;
All sorts of fear – of failure, of launching out, of what others think, of stepping up and stepping out.
Ignorance can be expressed in the inability of a person to clearly articulate and pursue their obsession, interest or what they’ve been wired to do.
This is simply the lack of the will to change or embrace what is capable of producing fulfillment and satisfaction.
Terri Trespicio, a coach and branding strategist, sheds more light to understanding what passion is all about. She opined “Passion is not in a job, a sport or a hobby. It is the full force of your attention and energy that you give to whatever is right in front of you.”
Therefore, what are you passionate about? What are you interested in that you can dare to commit to whether or not, it’s popular? What subject, idea, discussion or topic fires and lights you up? What thought tickles your fancy and moves you to action? What makes you come alive? That is your passion!
In conclusion, some people consider it good to have their fingers in every pie, others prefer to chase after one singular interest. Whether you want to write a book, you want to start a business, switch careers or whatever you like. It is certainly important that you understand and acknowledge what awakens the giant in you so you can spend the rest of your life going after it.
What are you passionate about? I’m just curious to know, please use the comments section below.