Talking about 'following your passion' often divides people into two groups:
1) The proud ones who 'did it'- they found their path to happiness and now follow their dreams.
2)The ones who haven't found their passion yet. They are left behind asking themselves "do I actually have a passion?" and "How-the-hell do I find it?"
If you look at these words closely -follow your passion- the way we say it, it's a passive thing to do. It sounds like there is a path for me, clearly defined and I just have to walk it. Not so difficult, right? If you finally find the path, everything is easy and clear. Often people refer to these Eureka-moments when someone found its purpose out of the blue.
You can see things differently.
Most of us humans have to develop passion. That's the #1 rule.
It is a long way, it's hard work and it normally takes years before our passion starts to fully bloom.
Being on that journey can be divided into several parts: getting introduced to a field of interest, a lot of practicing, getting distracted, again taking an even closer look to it, trying and failing. It's all about baby steps.
For me the journey began long ago as I started playing around with colour before I could even speak properly. As a kid I painted and draw constantly and won my first painting contest at age 5 (thanks to my parents-I have no clue how I did it).
Then I kind of forgot about my favorite hobby, focusing more on horse riding (oh yeah) and hanging around with my new-made friends and our bikes around the forests of my new hometown.
But still, in school art was always my favorite subject. As often as I could I choose art and creative subjects. Later, in high school I focused more on art. My interest for art highlighted in a once-in-a-lifetime surprise party for my 18th birthday: my parents collected all the artwork they could find I'd ever made ( including from family, friends and school teachers ) and invited everyone to my first exhibition. It was amazing. For the first time in my life I got a glimpse of being an artist.
And then? Well, it took me 10 years to figure out that I want to focus more on art and to figure out a business model to make this dream come true. It took me quite a while to commit to rule #1: to put efforts in developing my biggest passion.
What about YOU? Be honest. Did you also hide behind the idea that it just didn't happen yet, instead of taking baby steps -proactively- to develop your passion?
Tell me in the comments!
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Lots of love,
On this blog I share the tiny steps it takes to realise a dream and to document the journey for myself. Maybe it is inspiring for you- I would love that and it is the reason why I share it with you.