I was recently asked what my passion was. I’ve been asked that numerous times in the pas, from childhood to adulthood, and I have never been able to give a clear answer. Even to this day, I’m not sure what I consider my passion to be.
What is your passion? What does that even mean? A passion by definition, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something. When I think of passion, I think of something I would do if I weren’t being paid to, something I would do for free because I was enthusiastic or excited to do it. A passion is fun and exciting.
So how did passion get confused with work and forms of employment? I came across an article on Entrepreneur.com that lists out 5 “creativity exercises” to find your passion. I’m calling bullshit. These are all OK suggestions if you’ve established a career but if you haven’t, most of these suggestions are occupationally irresponsible, if not fiscally.
“I’m trying to find my passion.” “I’m not passionate about my job.” “My place of work doesn’t fulfill my passion.” In my opinion, a job serves one purpose and this is to add money to your bank account. Once you have enough money, you are then free to go out and fulfill your passion. I knew someone who would work for 6 to 12 months until he had enough money to take off a year or two to travel the world. Once his well ran dry, he would go back to work.
In 2010 and 2011, I had a desk job working in IT security while I coached Crossfit part time because I had to do both in order to have enough money to pay the bills. In 2012, my husband and I decided that we were financially secure enough for me to quit my desk job to coach full time and raise our children. It’s not that I wasn’t passionate about coaching in the earlier years but I financially COULD NOT afford to just coach.
I think the youth of our generation has lost their work ethic. [damn I sound like a curmudgeon] They’ve lost the ability to do whatever it takes to get where they want. They’ve lost the ability to put their heads down and grind it out. As cliche as it sounds, nothing worth having comes easy. Nothing in life is easy. But why should it be? Why shouldn’t we have to work hard to achieve our goals? You are owed nothing. Happiness is an equation. When your expectations are greater than reality, maybe it’s time to make some adjustments. You either need to work harder or lower your expectations.
I do things that I don’t want to do in order to be able to do the things that I want to do. “Hard work ahead of you is better than regret behind you. ” – unknown
If I absolutely had to name a passion, it would be to live without boundaries. That’s not to say that I should be able to do whatever I want but I never want to be constrained by my lack of ability. I want to set my goals and work to achieve them even if that means developing new skills.
I want to teach my children that they are not bound by anything. They can travel the world. They can be anything they want but they have to work for it. They have to be educated. They have to save money. They have to plan for their futures because nothing is guaranteed. I want them to live fully and with fire, just as I do.