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Another day, another butterfly

Do you sometimes you feel like you get distracted by every pretty butterfly?  So I started out looking into product reviews, then it turned into looking at things to do with a blog, then in the process of looking at a blog came the big question.  What is my passion in life? What can I not do?  And the answer is… I don’t freakin’ know!  No clue.  Are there things I enjoy doing? Sure!  But do I jump back and forth between things I enjoy doing? All the time!  For example, I went through a cleaning phase.  I was going to get the house cleaned and organized.  I was really motivated.  And then, I wasn’t.  I don’t remember what I moved on to… typically for me my focuses tend to fall into the following categories: 1) Bettering myself or my house (cleaning, organizing, decluttering, working on personal issues, finding what I want to do with my life); 2) research (genealogy mostly,  but also stuff I need to buy or places I’m interested in… or anything I’m interested in)  3) gaming (LOTRO, D&D).  But I bounce between them… every few days.  When I’m into something, I’m all in… hours and hours and hours of being involved in it.  And then the switch turns off and I move back to something else.  But… I don’t really consider any of them passions.  How do you know what is an interest and what is a passion?  Maybe I just don’t know what passion is.  The dictionary (M-W online) has a few definitions – the applicable ones being

  1. a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept
  2.  intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction

I guess I’m looking for that intense feeling and just haven’t found it yet.  And maybe I won’t.  Or maybe I’ll find it tomorrow… or 10 years from now.  I have a feeling I won’t stop looking, at least when I’m in “find your passion” mode.

Found a great TedX talk today Failure to Find Passion: Cass Phillipps at TEDxGoldenGatePark makes me feel a bit better about my continued search.

Have you found your passion? If not, do you feel like something is missing?

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