Passion is a choice as much as it is in your DNA.
The more we spend our quality time on something, the better we get at it. And the better we get, the more we love what we do.
Of course, there’s always doubt (and sometimes reality) that what we are doing is only something we like versus something we love. This usually comes up when we are 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 into what your passions are later on in life when you’re faced with picking a career.
Play connects us to our passions. It’s the best tool to figure out what makes you feel alive. There’s no better way to figure out what you love than by “playing it out” of you. And when you’re playing crosses with a way to earn a living, you just might have stumbled upon what you should be doing.
Play strikes to the heart of 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 than because you feel obligated to.
The things that seem trivial that lighten our spirits are our way forward towards a meaningful life.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1459