I’ve heard various talks and read several posts over the years regarding passion. From,
“Follow your passion! Don’t let anyone stop you from going after your dreams!”
“Following your passion will make you lose love for that passion! It’s good to have work separate from your passion!”
But I have to say, I think Elizabeth Gilbert’s take on it (author of Eat, Pray, Love) may be my favorite. After years of preaching to follow your passion no matter what, through the long days and even longer nights, through the doubts of yourself and others, and through the seemingly futile efforts to get anywhere only to end up exactly where you started from, she rescinds her former advice. She talks about a moment in which she realized that although her path worked for her, a path clearly marked by her undying passion that she’s had since the age of 5, not everyone can relate to that. In fact, most people in her personal life, whom she admires deeply, did not have a clear path marked by a single passion. Instead, their paths were more like a labyrinth, or a pinball machine, as she described it. Messy, seemingly all over the place, but leading them to a wonderful place nonetheless. So now, rather than advising people to follow that one burning passion until the end of time, she instead advises people to follow their curiosity. When something looks interesting, tilt your head a little a la German Shepard puppy style and see if it leads anywhere.
If not, eh, no big deal, but you never know. It may end up leading…to your passion.
I suggest watching the video because my paraphrasing certainly does not do it any justice, but basically my take-away from it is that when it comes down to it, you should just