Where does passion come from? Is it a gift from the heavens? Something bestowed on a fortunate few?

Before we can tap into this source, we need to find it - rediscover it, actually. For most of us this treasure lays buried under the business of day–to-day life. We may only enjoy it on weekends, or on holidays. Or we’re planning to enjoy it in the future - after the kids grow up… then after they move out…or after we retire.

Finding the things we are passionate about, and then devoting time and energy to them, is a great way to find satisfaction and happiness, no matter what stage of life you are in.

Don’t delay finding your passion

Finding your passion will make you feel energised, focussed and have a purpose in our lives. For some, passion might be too strong a word. Perhaps we may “enjoy”, “appreciate” or “like” a variety of activities such as photography, travel, golf or music. Whether it’s “passion” or “enjoyment”, you will find that spending more of your time doing the things that you like or love will make life more fulfilling.

As it may have been many years since you had the time to devote yourself to some of your earlier passions, why not spend a few minutes thinking about sports, hobbies and interests from your past and whether they still have appeal. Your body may no longer be up to competition tennis or swimming, but you may still get pleasure from joining a social club built around the same sport.

How to rediscover your passions?

If the idea of rediscovering some of your passions sounds interesting, here’s a simple exercise you might like to try:

  1. Draw up a chart on a piece of paper with categories like hobbies, recreation, interests, learning, fitness and family in a column down the left side of the page.
  2. Beside each of these categories, write down what you really like doing. For example, beside “Recreation” write “tennis”,” yoga” or “fishing”.
  3. Finally, rate each of them as first, second or third priority.

If you do this exercise for all the categories you wrote down, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you would really like to devote your time to.

A word of advice

If you are one half of a couple, it could be a good idea to do this exercise with your partner. You may find that your passions and likes are similar and that makes life easier. However, if your respective passions and likes don’t have much in common, you’ll probably need some negotiations as to how you spend your future time so that both parties are having some of their wishes satisfied.

Paul McKeon

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