We have all been told that once you find your passion, you are 90% closer to living a fulfilling life doing what you were born to do.
Being engulfed in a life changing experience because of your passion is what we are all dreaming about. The glaring problem is that 90% of us don’t really have this driving passion for something specific. For many years this was a big issue for me. How can I not have this absolute driving motivation to save the planet. For a period I had this drive to impact the youth in some way. It felt like it was my destiny…or better yet my calling. After many years, I can see that I did not have a calling to do anything specific, let me explain before you lose all respect for me.
After watching this video by Cal Newport my life was slightly transformed from moving away from desperately seeking this one thing that will make my life the “the next big life”, or desperately looking for “passion” to give meaning to my life. Most of us are trapped by this because we hear and see all these wonderful stories about people that followed their passion and succeeded. We hear it being preached in schools, churches and by a legion of motivational speakers. Follow your passion and your life will make sense and you will be fulfilled. The question now is what if you do not have this driving passion for something specific?
There are a few things I am passionate about…I love surfing, I love being an entrepreneur, I love travelling, I love helping kids get into surfing, I love to teach people how the ocean works, but most of all I am passionate about having time to do all of the above. My passion it seems is directly linked to the lifestyle I want. It seems then in my instance that my passion is my lifestyle and without my lifestyle I have no chance to explore my “passion interests”. I have always wanted a specific life instead of specific “things”. If I have the lifestyle, I have the ability to explore my interests and by doing this I have a really good chance of finding this elusive “life changing passion” while having my chosen life style.
The problem it seems is that we have abandoned the possibility of having a “LifeStyle” and I am definitely not referring to the type of style that is dictated by television marketing. We have decided somewhere along the line that our jobs are our passion and a lifestyle is directly linked to the stuff we buy. This is why when people lose their jobs they will say “Their lives are destroyed”. Not having time is far worse that not having a big screen TV.
I would sacrifice anything for the lifestyle I am attempting to create for myself. I want to live and experiment with my life vigorously and passionately, in short I want to be passionate about my life and those around me.