It seems to you that everyone around you has found their passion. But you, on the other hand, are paralyzed.
Maybe you’re not sure what your passion is. Maybe you ask yourself if you’re even meant to do something on Earth. Or maybe you have so many interests that you don’t know what to focus on.
If you can relate to any of the above, know that I’ve been through all. For a long time, I was afraid that I’ll end up living a purposeless life. I hoped that someday, my passion will fall into my lap.
What I didn’t know back then that nobody will come to rescue me. It was all up to me. Here’s what else I have realized…
Passions are not marriage contracts. It’s actually better when you diversify your source of fulfillment and derive meaning from different areas, hobbies, interests, passions, and purposes.
The passions can also change as you age since we play different roles at different times in life. So we can shift our priorities and focus on what’s important at a particular time in life. But it’s important that whatever you do, do the best you can. That’s the essence of being a passionate person. It’s more important to generate passion rather than wait for passion to knock at your door.
So with that said, here’s the list of passions you can pursue if you’re confused or lack enthusiasm in life.
The Ultimate List Of Passions
A) Health and Wellbeing
- Healthy eating
- Walking, hiking or trekking
- Resistance training (using weights or bodyweight)
- Self-care (massage, grooming, personal hygiene, etc.)
B) Learning and Growing
- Researching or experimenting
- Reading self-help books or taking online courses
- Learning new skills (here’s a list of my top learning resources)
- Learning how to learn
- Personal finance
C) Work and Service
- Business and entrepreneurship
- Work performance and productivity
- Training or teaching
D) Living a Good Life
- Painting, sketching or crafting
- Knitting and Crocheting
- Creating or Editing
- Building or repairing
- Collecting or organizing
- Decluttering or cleaning
- Playing an instrument
- Comedy, act or entertainment
- Reading fiction
- Watching (movies, TV series, documentaries)
- Listening (to music, podcasts, audiobooks)
- Making and composing
- Event hosting or celebration
- Playing or gaming
- Adventure sports
E) Love and Relationships
- Being a partner
- Being a parent
- Being a son/daughter
- Being a brother/sister
- Being a friend
- Being a relative
- Being a citizen
As the great saying goes, how you do anything is how you do everything.
Start by becoming passionate about the things that excite you from the list of passions above. And then whatever you do, put your heart into it. We don’t lack the things to be passionate about, but we lack the energy to become a passionate person and the ability to decide on a course of action.
Now it’s your choice — will you wait around and hope that your passion finds you? Or will you become a passionate person, do something and create your purpose along the way?
What are some good things to be passionate about?
The broad categories I’ve listed are a) Health and Wellbeing b) Learning and Growing c) Work and Service d) Living a Good Life e) Love and Relationships. It’s great to have one passion in each area.
What is my passion?
No one can tell you what your passion is. Only you can define it for yourself. You can use the “find your passion” worksheet below to make the process easier for yourself.