Rushville Republican

March 25, 2014

Finding your passion

By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Once in a while you recognize them. The person who talks about something they enjoy; the one who tries to tell of a deep feeling inside. They have a driving force, something they can’t explain easily to those who haven’t experienced it. Their eyes get a spark; they become focused on what they are talking of and words just begin to flow without struggle.

Whether it’s taking photographs, helping others, traveling or succeeding at your job, everyone has a passion.

Webster’s Dictionary defines passion as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something. It is important to have a passion or be passionate about something. Your passion should be something that makes you look forward to waking up each morning. Your passion should be something you think about when you can’t sleep at night because you can’t stop thinking about it.

Not everyone realizes what their passion is. Sometimes a person can go through life and never find it. The fact is not that they can’t find it but that they have no interest in finding it.

A person can find their passion by digging down deep and really studying what they love to do. Think about something that excites you or something that makes you feel complete. Your passion can be something that makes you feel like you are in your element. Some people find their passion in work. Others might think this is a crazy idea, to have a job that you love and are very passionate about but some people are fortunate enough that they find their niche and get their dream job.

For instance, take a great dancer. They move so freely and flawlessly. The dancer isn’t great because of their skills and technique; they are great because of their passion for dancing. Their passion takes over and then can do anything.

To be successful in life or in your job, you need to be passionate.

Don’t settle. Find a passion that makes you want to get up every day and face challenges that life throws at you. Find the passion that makes you fight, the passion that makes you feel like you have achieved what you set out to achieve.

Studies show that we spend a third if not half of our lives working. Bummer, huh? If that much of our lives are wasted working, why not have a job we are passionate about and that we don’t even feel like is a job? Don’t settle for a job that just pays the bills. Go above and beyond, find that job that you enjoy going to each day. Having a passion can make all the difference in the world.

Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

Some people will say life isn’t fair. In my opinion, I think we call the shots. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, then life will pay you your dues and for the most part be good to you. If you chose not to put forth an effort then life can be rocky and unforgiving. Most of us prefer to be practical rather than passionate. Some think having a passion or caring about something so much is foolish or silly.

Try to be passionate. Sure, practical maybe the easy way to go about doing things, the logical way, better yet the safe way. Try doing something that sets you apart. Find your dream job. Make it happen. Don’t be that grumpy cashier with the bad attitude bagging groceries if that’s not where your heart is. People can tell if your heart is in something or not. If you’re not in that job right now, make it happen before it’s too late. Not everyone can go through life and say they are thriving on their passion. You don’t see many people that can talk about something in their life without getting that look in their eye or that feeling in their chest; that excitement that comes with having a passion is rare, but if you try and find it, most of the time it’s right in front of you.