I'm a big believer in personal development. From following thought leaders like Tony Robbins and Jay Shetty to reading the latest books about how I can improve but as much as I enjoy the content, I'm pretty tired of this one common message of "finding your passion".
Passion is a pretty strong word. When you think about a passionate kiss or a passionate footy fan, images are conjured up of people who are all in, totally committed with laser focus on what they love.
I spent the last 10+ years searching for my passion, subscribing to the belief that if I just try enough different things and keep an open mind, it will come to me like an epiphany one day when I'm enjoying my morning coffee. A decade on and I'm still empty handed.
This made me question whether finding your passion is really necessary.
Is it not enough to be content, satisfied or happy with where you are and what you are doing in life?
Do we really need to be leaping out of bed each morning ready to slay life? I call BS. Not BS in that there are not passionate people out there who just adore what they do each day for work. But BS in that we need to find our passion to experience true happiness and fulfillment.
I propose an alternative. What if we worked in a job that we were content with and didn’t dread Mondays, we had time to be fully present with our loved ones and cherish their company and had some time to ourselves to invest in what interests us? That to me is where the true zest for life is found, in balance. Having every slice of the pie the size that you want without sacrificing on taste.
So this Valentines Day, I will not be spending it seeking my passion like years passed. Instead, I will be spending it with the man I am passionate about.