Unsurprisingly, me and my friends have some pretty deep chats at times… We’re girls, it happens. The frequency of these DMCs are surpassing the “surface level” chats quite a lot at the moment and it is clear to see why. We have a LOT on our plates to get out into the open.
At the age of 23, we are at a strange point in our lives where we are in a continuous state of growth and discovery. It’s strange because we have already learnt so much. We’re at the point where we have done the shitty jobs, had the shitty relationships and tried and failed at the shitty hobbies that weren’t really for us in the first place. So we already know so much about what we don’t want in life. But does that really make it any easier to decide what we do want? Nope. Not at all really.
Recently, myself and one friend in particular have been battling with the concept of “what is my passion”.
The definition of passion is a “strong and barely controllable emotion.”
That being said, is it really likely that we’re going to find ourselves in a career with which we can barely control our emotions? Hmm, I think not. Maybe I’m just sceptible. What is likely, however, is that we can find something pretty close.
Over the past few days, I think I have worked out just a very little part of finding out my passion and that is by asking myself what is the one thing that I would HATE people to think of me as. My answer to this is “lazy”. Now, when it comes to “not being lazy” I DO have a strong and barely controllable emotion. Even the thought of someone thinking I’m lazy gets me really anxious and start to fret –what can I do more of, what am I not doing enough. Laziness, to me, is the epitome of having given up on life and other people. And THAT is what motivates me.
I think there is a fine line between passion and motivation. Is it fair to say, therefore, that I have a passion for working hard to avoid being seen as lazy? Yes, probably. Is that tangible to turn into a career? No, probably not. But I can use it to my advantage in whatever career I go into.
Here is a point to consider; Passion provides Motivation.
I wouldn’t be motivated to run or go to the gym if I wasn’t passionate about it. I wouldn’t be motivated to blog so much if I weren’t passionate about understanding and discovering motivational theories and what pushes us. I would like to think it were that simple. That I could say everything I am motivated to do has sprung from passion. But maybe it is my passion of not being lazy (as opposed to a passion about running) that pushes me.
How do you even distinguish between the two? I guess it is partly honesty with yourself and partly a combination of the two. Either way, I’m going to look into this a lot lot more over the coming weeks to try and pick apart this minefield that we call “passion”…. If only so that I can provide some good input to the DMC’s I’m having.