Passion Comes Second
Finding your passion(s) isn’t about knowing, it’s about trying.
Curiosity comes first. Passion comes second.
It’s giving a bunch of things a go and seeing what brings you joy and challenges you.
I think the big problem people struggle with is the put too much pressure on themselves to find something they love while also allowing them to make a living. Or finding something they love that they are good at.
It’s like betting the farm in a game of poker when you don’t even know how to play.
How can you be passionate about something you haven’t tried or know anything about?
It’s better to always be trying new things for the sheer fun of it, with little or no expectations of money or reward.
Approaching something with no expectations usually makes the experience more enjoyable. Think about the last time you went to the movie theaters (remember those?). Maybe you had low expectations for the movie because an online review said it wasn’t great, and they were right, but after watching it you ended up having a great time. What gives? Was the movie bad or good? The movie was bad, but what changed was your expectations. On the other hand, if you had gone in with massive expectations and it ended up being bad, you’d be disappointed.
Piling the fate of the universe on finding your passion will just overwhelm you from ever finding or choosing it. Better to approach things with wonder and playfulness than come from a place of pressure and worry.