Who actually says we have to be passionate about only one thing? Hopefully no one. I am easily one of those people who becomes increasingly passionate about more and more things the more I am exposed to, and I for some reason, always thought that I had to pick one thing and just stick with it. I’ve also started to learn that picking just one thing is ludicrous because the last thing we should do as people is limit our passion.
I recently had a conversation with a friend that I haven’t seen in close to twenty years. She is off doing amazing things and inspiring others to follow their hearts, their passions, and their dreams. Our conversation went as though we haven’t missed any time at all, and it was just amazing to talk through my life with someone who can be objective and motivating all at the same time. In our conversation, we spent a lot of time discussing what was on our hearts. Needless to say, I got the chance to discuss my passions, but they aren’t coming easily.
I used to think that I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to teach, travel, get married, and have a family. To me that was the perfect goal because it had everything that I cared about within reach. Well, I’m a teacher, I’ve traveled, but not to all the places I want to go (coming soon), while I’m not married, I’m with the love of my life and those things will happen when they are supposed to. I’m happy, but I can’t shake the feeling that I need more in my life, and I know that I can make a bigger difference in something. Therein lies the problem-what else am I passionate about?
My goal for the year was to get fit, be healthy, and find peace and personal wellness within myself. It’s fine. But I’m not finding it through exercise, I struggle with eating healthy, and really I don’t know if I have the drive to get done what I need to get done. I’m not doubting myself, I just can’t seem to become passionate enough about it. It’s as if I’m preoccupied by a force that I can’t really see.
I started feeling the push to change my habits, not for me, but for the planet. I hate knowing that I make mistakes each day that could influence the life of an animal or an entire ecosystem, so I’m being more conscious of the products I use and the waste that I create. I do my research, I look at labels, and I choose my products more carefully. I became a brand ambassador for a company that gives back 50% of the proceeds to environmental groups around the world, and I’ve been able to reach out to other groups making a difference.
In addition to my growing passion for earth conservation, I’ve also had a growing passion in helping others find their own passion and own calling. Although it’s difficult when I feel like I’m struggling to find my own way, getting to talk with others being faced with life-changing decisions and see how it’s weighing on their hearts makes me feel better to know that I can help in some way, even if it’s just to listen.
Passions strengthen when you become addicted to the result. I feel good knowing that every bar of shampoo I buy is two or more fewer bottles in the landfill, or that each time I use a reusable straw I save many from going into our water systems and etc. I’ll be doing a complete list of my newest plastic-free items soon! I just ordered something new, so I need it to get to my house first (in eco-friendly packaging, of course :). I also feel good knowing that I can be a positive role model or a soundboard for someone who needs to figure out their way of life through conversation, and maybe I can help!
What are you passionate about?