What are you passionate about? Where does your energy come from that feeds you? How do you know what you most deeply care about, what really drives you to do what it is that you do? To go toward that which you care about the most?
For me, to identify my passions, I read the depths of my soul. I really listen, I mean, LISTEN, to what my soul is speaking to me. The values, the tenets that guide me each and every day. That get me out of bed in the morning. That bring joy to me in big and small ways. My passions are service to others; commitment to diversity, inclusion, identity. My family. Love. Learning. Teaching. Writing.
What stands between people and their ability to pursue their passions? Fear. Fear that they will go in the wrong direction. Fear that they will forego other duties, obligations, or necessitites by pursuing that which they desire, love, are passionate about. The thing is: aren’t you forgoing duties to your SELF by not following, or listening to your passion?
What I believe happens to us when we do not take the time to identify, and follow our passion, is that parts of us, a vital part, dies inside. We lose our identity, our depth, our life force, our vitality that feeds our souls, that fires us up to go after life and live it fully and with joy and vigor.
We all have passion for SOMETHING. But, over time, if we lose sight of what that is, it starts to fade, the flame of our passion dies down to an ember. It is barely visible, we are not even sure at those moments that it is still there, that passion that we have been connected to in the past. Besides my love for humanity, and my family, and service to others, one of my biggest passions is writing. Writing has been a vital part of my life since I was in high school, even more so in my college years. But, for a few years, I lost that passion. I became caught up in the needs of my life, the struggles that I was experiencing, and did not use my writing as part of my therapy, as an essential part of my life force. I let it drift away for a very long time.
Now, it is back, it is back with a fury, and the fire is a blazing inferno in my heart and my soul. And the light shines on and on, and will never dim again. My life may become busy, demands may weigh on me, I may have other tasks that I need to cater to, but the passions will always be taken care of, will always be answered.
Without following and listening to the passions that reside within my soul, I am an empty vessel, I am less of myself than I have the potential to be. I cannot be fully available to those tasks that I need to do, or to those that I love the most, if I am not truly living from my soul, and feeding the passions within.