Passion is a commonly used word, but yet a direly misunderstood concept. “Follow your passion!” is plastered on every notebook, t-shirt, and Pinterest board around. But what if “follow your passion” means something very different than what we thought?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary first defines passion as “suffering”. It’s defined as suffering bullets before it’s ever defined as a driving emotion or adoration as we presume. To have passion is to suffer. What a colossal misunderstanding we have of what it means to chase your dreams. What is your passion - does not mean “what do you really enjoy doing?” It means “what are you willing to suffer for?” People use “interest” and “passion” interchangeably. You enjoy your interests, but you will suffer for your passions. That’s a world of a difference on commitment level.
So how do we use this new terminology to find our footing in life? Well, we first need to find what we are willing to suffer for. What makes you angry? What injustice boils your blood? What inconveniences you that you could find a solution for? If you could change anything regardless of restrictions on time, money, or social status what would you change? If you could make any contribution to the world what would it be? That is your passion. Take what touches your heart and wrap your life around it. Then you should access how your own personal gift cluster and interests can be used to accomplish that suffer - worthy goal. What’s your why?
Your dreams are worth pursuing. Your design is not by accident. The dreams, gifts, talents, and interests you have are not accidents. They do however, make terrible masters. They’re meant to be servants to your purpose. Your purpose is found in your passion and your passion is found in what you’re willing to suffer for to make a change. Be free to not only follow your passion, but hunt it down. ❤️✨