"We are minor in everything but our passions."
~ Elizabeth Bowen
Imagine waking up every day with enthusiasm and anticipation. Imagine diving into each day with the feeling that you can’t wait to experience the day and what it brings for you. Imagine…
Many of us don’t have the kind of life I just asked you to imagine. Many of us have large parts of our lives that we feel we have to go through to merely eke out a few minutes, from time to time, of the pleasurable experiences that we crave and desire in our lives. We struggle through our day, dealing with the drudgery, in the hope of finding a few minutes of pleasure. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Each of us has things that bring us pleasure. Each of us has desires. Each of us has things that we are passionate about. We all care about something, something that brings us joy. It might be an activity; it might be wanting to change something about our situation or the situations of others; it might be a certain type of experience, but we all have passions.
It is these passions which, when we pursue them, bring great satisfaction, peace, and joy into our lives. Our passions make us feel alive. Our passions give us a sense of purpose for our lives.
If our passions provide us with so much positive, why don’t we pursue them in all parts of our lives? Why do we save them for our “spare” time? Why do we often make them a “reward” for long hours of working hard at something that doesn’t provide the same kind of satisfaction? Why don’t we spend most of our time pursuing out passions?
I think the answer to this comes from our current societal norms. We are taught, from a young age, that we need to work hard at something to earn a living. Whether it is stated to us outright, or it is shown to us inadvertently by our observation of the world, we are taught that the only way to earn your way in the world is to work hard for what you want…and work is not pleasurable.
I suggest that we can each earn our way in the world by pursuing the things that we are passionate about. I feel that we will always be much more productive when we are doing something that interests us and that makes us feel good. We truly are here to enjoy our lives, and following your passions is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this.
Put aside the current thoughts that pursuing something that brings you pleasure and happiness must be separate from the things that allow you to make a living in this world. Forget the common view that if you are having fun, then what you are doing is not “productive work.” Pursue what you love. Enjoy life to the fullest. Your passions will show you exactly how to go about this. You will always find a way to use your passions to enable you to live in this world as you would like, as long as that is your intention…and you’ll be enjoying life!
We all have the choice of whether or not we pursue our desires. We all have a choice whether or not to follow our passions. It does not matter what brings you pleasure in this world, it doesn’t matter what you are passionate about, if you follow your passions, you will find that they will support you.
My challenge to you is to take a look at what your passions are, and find a way to incorporate more of them into your everyday life. Keep adding activities and events that line up with your passions until your life is filled to the brim with them. They will slowly push out the drudgery, and you will find yourself living a life full of passion and purpose.
What are your passions? How do you incorporate them into your life? Leave a comment and let the community know how you feel about following your passions. Let us know how you will bring more of them into your everyday life. We’re listening.