Passion is also a choice as much as it is in your DNA.
The more we spend our quality time on something, the better we get and the better we get the more we love what we do.
Of course there’s always the doubt (and sometimes reality) that what we are doing is only a like and not a love. This surfaces most of all around work and choosing a career.
In America, you grow up thinking you do any job you want to do in the world.
And oddly enough, what you gravitate towards as a child has hidden hooks to what your passions are later on in life when you’re faced with picking a career.
I believe the connection to our passions is brought out from play. There’s no better way to figure out what you love then by ‘playing it out’ of you.
Play strikes to our inner self. It cuts away all the ego and fear and status and wealth attached to the skill. But playing is a choice. Sometimes we lock up, especially turning times of stress and difficulty, and become more rigid and serious. Too serious to take playing seriously. So, the thing we want, passion, direction, meaning, is overlooked by the very thing that we show us what matters to us.
When you find yourself lost, and stuck on where to go (as we often all do at some point) give play a chance. Let yourself relax into whimsy and silliness. Follow the laughter, follow what makes you smile. Learn for the sake of curiosity, rather because you feel obligated too.
The things that seem trivial that lighten our spirits are in fact our way forward towards a passionate life.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #521