I tend to be passionate about a lot of things. This includes my love for planning, yoga, leadership, writing, calligraphy, tea, etc. It wasn’t until I really found and focused on my passion that I began to realize the pros and cons that come with it.
Pros: Having passion gives you drive. It’s an amazing feeling to get up every morning knowing that you’re going to actively work toward something you love and care about. It gives you a sense of purpose and contentment. It gives you something to want and something to achieve. Without passion for what you’re doing, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of mechanized doing, and not staying mindful or excited about the daily tasks you’re accomplishing.
Cons: You may then start to hate everything else. Once you know what you want to do, it’s hard to do anything that doesn’t have any correlation to that passion. Think about people who you know who may be really smart but not do so well in school – it’s probably because they don’t have a big passion for it, or they feel like it doesn’t contribute significantly to where they want to go in life. I have a theory that this is why “senioritis” is a thing – seniors generally know at that point what they want to do, so they start focusing less on classes that don’t correlate to the subject they want to study, and more on the thing that they actually care about. I’m feeling this very heavily right now.
I’m still actively trying to figure out how to combat that major con. The thing that’s helped me the most at this point is to define the “why” in everything I have to do. Find some way that the thing I’m doing connects to my purpose and my passion, if I truly do have to do that thing. School isn’t a choice, and unfortunately I’m going to have to work my butt off in AP Physics to ultimately get where I want.
Question of the week: How do you make time for your passion, and how do you structure your life around that? How do you do the things you’re not passionate about?