Passion is Overrated
One of the many reasons I was never REALLY qualiﬁed to write this blog is the fact that inspirational stuff is much easier in theory than in practice. It takes no skill to tell people to reach for the stars when you’ve never had to actually do it yourself. But since we’ve all agreed to look past my lack of qualiﬁcations, I’ll share some thoughts about my latest predicament.
I’ve always been someone with lots of interests. Music, politics, comedy, movies, TV, law, sports, etc. I always say that I wish I could have ﬁve lives, so that I could do all of the jobs that I’d like to. But for the past few years, fueled by an endless amount of inspirational and self-improvement oriented content, I’ve been agonizing about what one I’m the MOST passionate about. What’s the one task that I was put on this earth to do? And the more I think about it, the more I realize I probably don’t have one. There’s a lot of things that I really enjoy, and I just need to see where life takes me.
That’s the problem (and it’s certainly one that I’ve contributed to). Young people spend so much time being told that we need to pursue our passions. That you need to ﬁnd the job that completely ﬁlls you up and gives your life meaning and is so much fun that you want to spend every waking moment of every day doing it. And while I’m not sure that’s possible for anyone to ﬁnd, let’s assume for a moment that it is. Even if that is the case, why would you want that? Letting yourself be completely deﬁned by your work (or in my case, your lack of work) is a one-way ticket to misery. Looking for a job that can be everything all the time just leaves you empty. And when you let perfect be the enemy of the good, it stops you from ﬁnding a job that you really, really like. And despite what I may have said two years ago, there’s nothing wrong with that.
So after years of obsessing over ﬁnding a job I’m passionate about, now I’m looking for a job that I really, really like. Then I can have a life that I’m passionate about. And that’s more than good enough.
Lover of Life