What's Your Passion?
There are countless charlatans, Internet Marketers, and 'Self-Help Guru's' that claim they can help you find your passion.
Find it they say, and everything else will fall into place.
The claims they make about productivity, self-improvement, entrepreneurship and goal setting all comes down to the idea of passion.
Passion. That's the subject of discussion today.
Everyone knows what passion feels like, but how do you define it?
Let's play a little simple game.
It's dark and quiet.
Until the knock on your door.
You check your phone, it's late, you don't have any text messages or missed calls.
It's not cold outside but it's not warm either, so you slowly sit up in bed before turning on the lamp from off your nightstand; in no-time you've wrapped a robe around you, and switch don the sequence of lights to the bedroom, into the hall, toward the living room and front porch.
The whole of your house is now glowing with LED light as you unbolt the door.
You crack it open and POOF, nobody's there.
You start to close the door and it's jarred open. Not by a hand, not a foot or tool, but by something.
Where it's head should be is a long snout with a tail switching around like a cat tail. Long and slender the proportions seem almost human, but not quite. Panicked you push harder, only to have the door fling open and as this thing stands in the foyer. You stare right into its milky, opaque eyes. It looks like a blind man, no, not a man, but a man-thing.
It opens it's mouth, it's lips pull back to reveal teeth like long, razor-sharp stalagmites before it makes a noise that is simultaneously a squeak-click before a calming, soothing baritone says to you:
"I'm ZCHvKcl - or in your tongue, Greg. Where I'm from is insignificant, but I have a number of questions. If I may, I have a short amount of time before your atmosphere eats away at my lungs, may I ask you three questions about humanity, and in return I'll tell you about the future of your species?"
Would you want to know what is in the future?
Would you humor a seemingly non-threatening creature?
Would you take the time to answer him, knowing that the answer to the future of humanity is the reward?
What Would You Do?
He wants to understand why we fight, we we wage war on one another when it's entirely obvious we are the same species. So why are we inclined toward violence to resolve our issues?
The second question is about why we treat the only hospitable place we know of so poorly? We pollute our water, belch gas into the air we breath, and depose of our refuse in the ground we need to grow our food.
Finally the third question. He (assuming it's a "he") wants to know about passion. What is it, why do we all claim it and act upon it?
How would you respond?
Passion is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as:
"1) a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
2) a strong feeling (such as anger) that causes you to act in a dangerous way
3) a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone"In this case, let's focus on the first definition.
Let's break down the definition of passion into it's clauses.
- A strong feeling - we all have those, but how does that help us? -
- of enthusiasm or excitement - this is a little better, it allows us to understand what we should be feeling -
- for something or about doing something - Ah ha! It's about getting something done in a strongly emotional way.
So how do you answer you're visitor? What does passion mean to you?
If you tell him that it's about a strong excitement to do something, you've defined passion better than most.
When you hear, "what's your passion" or "find your passion, find your path," know that it's about finding that one thing that you can do with ebullience and joy.
It's the thing you want to do rather than sleeping or eating, or in some instances even sex.
For some, it's music, with others it's writing.
For painters it's about the colors and brushstrokes. There are people who absolutely love cooking and can spend a whole day in the kitchen without knowing if a nuclear weapon went off outside.
Your passion is the thing you can do and lose all track of time, all sense of the outside world.