Sometimes I wonder, do I not have a passion? Or, perhaps, am I multi passionate? Or maybe I’m just a curious person. There are a lot of things I like, some things I love and definitely a few things that I hate. (Like Tomatoes… ew.) But are there any things that I am truly passionate about that I really want to dedicate all my free time (or even my career) towards? How would I even know? I’m almost 30 years old (ah!)… shouldn’t I know by now? Doesn’t it seem as though everyone around you has something that they are really passionate about? Or at least really good at?
Someone recently sent me a video from Oprah’s “SuperSoul Sessions” that really struck me. In it, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love starts out: “Jackhammers are people like me,” she says. “You put a passion in our hands and… we don’t look up, we don’t veer, and we’re just focused on that until the end of time. It’s efficient; you get a lot done, but we tend to be obsessive and fundamentalist and sometimes a little difficult.”
Then, she continues, there are hummingbirds.
“Hummingbirds spend their lives doing it very differently. They move from tree to tree, from flower to flower, from field to field, trying this, trying that,” Gilbert says. “Two things happen: They create incredibly rich, complex lives for themselves, and they also end up cross-pollinating the world.” I’ve never thought about it this way before. Maybe I’m a Hummingbird! Maybe I just have many curiosities I should be exploring which will lead me to finding my passion. Or maybe not… but it can’t hurt to try, right?
Let’s start off with a few things I love (in no particular order):
- Puppies (more specifically, my rescue pup Peanut)
- My husband, Matt (I did say in “no particular order!”)
- My grandparents, my family and my best friends.
- Finding ways to help others (even though I don’t always do it, or do it enough. Should I do it more? probably)
- Finding a great deal
Here are a few things I (really) like:
- Sitting on the beach near the water but not actually going in
- Marketing and social media; more specifically, finding innovative and unique ways to reach different audiences.
Finally, a few things I hate:
- When people write “should of” instead of “should HAVE”
- When coworkers say they have a “fire drill” or they’re “putting out a fire” when there is no actual fire and they’re just being super dramatic… uch
- When people break a commitment for no good reason.
- Did I mention tomatoes?
But what, of all these things, matter? Like, truly matter? Which ones are important enough to that I should make it my goal to explore to potentially find a passion that’s actually important or worthwhile? Let’s break it down: Puppies matter (especially when they are rescues), husband, family and friends matter, and of course, helping others, no matter how seldom or how often, really matters. Perhaps a passion (or should I be calling it a curiosity?) I should explore is to find what truly matters and make it a point to help others as well. Is that even a passion? I don’t really know, but passion or not, helping others should always be a goal worth achieving and a top priority. And that seems like something worthy of exploring.