Finding your passion can seem like a daunting task, and that’s half the problem. If you’ve ever tried to directly “Find your passion” you may have found yourself looking at other people doing what they love, and trying the same thing for yourself. Passion is incredibly individual, and it isn’t something you can necessarily search for. It tends to be more of a stumble than a hunt. I’m not going to claim to be some sort of life coach or expert, but what I can do is share with you my thoughts about knowing when you’ve found what drives you. This can apply for your career choices, but it also just applies to finding what will give you more fulfilment and joy in your everyday life.
1. Spend less time searching, and more time living.
It may sound cliché, but people rarely find their passion while going out and looking for it. From my experience, it’s doing what you find even remotely enjoyable that will lead you to what will fuel you in the future. If you find yourself having to go out of your way to do something, chances are that isn’t the choice for you. I’m not saying that you can’t still do those things, and learn to enjoy them, but generally you want to be doing things that naturally compel you towards them. When I was younger, I was enamored by technology of all kinds, and it felt only natural that I gravitated towards software engineering. I had thought about going into business, or law, but neither of those gave me the same feeling as software.
2. Follow what you find yourself spending your time on.
When you have downtime, what do you find yourself spending your time on? For me, it’s always been something related to software development. I would always find myself working on some silly game idea I had, or designing random websites that would never even see the light of day. I would get lost in time, and look at my clock just to see my alarm was set to go off in two hours. If you’ve found yourself doing something similar to this, look no further. You’ve definitely found something that has the potential to drive you, and to give you the motivation you need to live a happy and healthy life. There’s a reason that you spend time on the things that you do. You might not even realize that you’re doing this, so take a minute to sit back and really look at what you find yourself doing throughout the week. Take this, and think about what it is that draws you towards it.
3. Don’t be afraid to change your path
You don’t always get it right the first time. That’s okay! The last thing you want to do is feel stuck doing something that you don’t feel energized to do. You’re not a quitter, or taking the easy way out if you decide that what you thought you were meant to do, really isn’t for you. The biggest mistake you can make is to double down on this, and just accept that you made your choice, and now you have to stick with it. Experiment! That’s all part of life. You try something and you can love it, and then down the road you can change your mind. That’s all part of the journey of finding what you’re passionate about, so don’t get trapped in negative thoughts about switching things up.
At the end of the day, everybody has a different journey to find what they love to do in life. The best thing you can do, is keep going with what’s making you happy, and cut out the things that you find yourself feeling forced into. Maybe you don’t like the gym. Then go play some volleyball with friends! Everybody is different, so you can’t just say that there is a one shoe fits all solution. I’m passionate about technology and software development. Others hate looking at a screen for more than five minutes at a time. But that’s what’s so great about passion. If we all had the same drive, the world would be a boring place to be in.