What are you passionate about?
Passion: a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. ~ merriam-webster.com
Passion: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything. ~ dictionary.com
Have you ever thought of your passion as something you are extravagantly fond of? Or does the word ‘extravagant’ make it seem wrong somehow? Isn’t extravagance something we should avoid?
According to merriam-webster.com…
Extravagant: exceeding the limits of reason or necessity
So then, a passion is an enthusiasm or desire for something that exceeds the limits of necessity. A fondness for something that is not based on reason.
A passion is something that stirs our deepest soul to extravagant levels of enthusiasm. It is not practical or logical. It is not sensible or safe.
But neither is it something to be ignored or taken lightly.
Are you living a life without extravagant fondness?
Our society does not place much value on what stirs our soul. Soul-stirring doesn’t pay the bills, fold the laundry, or get the kids into top-tier universities. Which means too many people live long, productive lives that lack fulfillment because they never allow themselves room to pursue the passions that live deep in their hearts.
According to hospice nurse Bonnie Ware, who wrote The Top Five Regrets of the Dying the number one regret of her patients was, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” And number five was, “I wish I’d let myself be happier.”
In other words, many people get to the end of their lives and realize they missed out by not pursuing the interests and dreams that stirred their soul.
I don’t want to join them.
If not, let’s agree to make room in our lives for extravagant fondnesses.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. ~ Oprah Winfrey
Finding your life passion
What stirs your soul? The answer is not some earth-shattering ideal that requires days of soul-searching. Our heart already knows the answer, although we may have ignored it for so long that we don’t know how to put it into words.
If you aren’t sure where your passion lies, ask yourself questions like:
- What am I drawn to?
- What kind of activities, people, or needs touch my soul in a way I can’t ignore?
- What were my favorite pastimes as a child?
- If I had time and money to spare, how would I most enjoy spending it?
- What do I enjoy doing even though I’m not all that good at it?
- What would I keep pursuing even when the going wasn’t easy?
Don’t box yourself in. You may have an extravagant fondness for learning, or making things with your hands, or interacting with children. All of these passions can lead to action in any number of ways. Your goal is to find some way to breathe life into a passion that fits within your current life situation and boundaries.
What are you waiting for?
What stirs your soul to the point of extravagant fondness? What one step can you take today that will bring you closer to pursuing it?
Take that step!
Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night. ~ Terri Guillemets