Finding your passion in life has never been easier. It certainly doesn’t have to be hard. I mean, who thought that taking a trip down memory lane could help you discover what you love to do? And you’ve got me to walk you through it! Today is about continuing to uncover your interests. Let’s get you closer to discovering what fulfills and drives you to be successful so you can apply it today. And if it’s helpful, here’s a little fairy dust from the Pan.
This post is going to take you through a couple exercises in part 2 of 3 of the passion equation (skills + interests + aspirations = passion). Don’t forget that you’ve already been through discovering your skills. Check!
Open doors to dreams you’d forgotten.
As you continue to define your interests, a bit of self reflection when there was less in your way may open doors you never new existed. Or, at least, open doors to dreams you’d forgotten. See, you already know this stuff, you just need a moment to remember it.
My guess is that at 10 you prob didn’t have a filter that stopped you from success. Following your interests was natural. I want to get you back to that state of freedom for a second.
Interests & Memory Lane
Do you remember what you liked to do when you were 10 years old? Can you think back and remember the dream or dreams you had then? Who or what did you want to be? Where was the fun when you were 10? If you’re struggling here, check in with a sister or your mom and ask them the same questions.
Grab a photo album (if you have one) and sit somewhere quiet where you feel relaxed. Flip through and think back to when you spent time with your extended family; grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. If you don’t have an actual album, go through your phone’s photo album. Better yet, go visit your family. You’ll make them happy.
She had blue skin, And so did he. He kept it hid, And so did she. They searched for blue, Their whole life through, Then passed right by- And never knew.”
― Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It
Did you do things with them that shaped your interests? Try and recall those evenings when you slept over. What happened that evening or the next afternoon? Was there music or sports? Were there board games that took skill, strategy, or financial awareness? Was Lawrence Welk on? (He was always on at my grandparent’s house. I admit that. You’ll probably find something you don’t want to admit too. But that’s part of who you are. Own that.)
Maybe you remember being outside or you’ll find pics of you participating in a scouting program, 4-H, or FFA. Do you remember why you weren’t home when the street lights went on? Maybe you helped to fix a car engine. Or did you create herbal remedies with local plants? Or maybe you sat your siblings down and gave them a class on something. What do the pictures show you playing at?
Reflecting on these moments will help you to identify your interests. As you grow and your experiences change you, your interests will increase. But those original interests will live with you for the rest of your life. They may just change or shift as you are exposed to new ideas, places, and people.
Interests Should Energize You
I want this to be energizing and transformative for you. If you head down a path that is uncomfortable, decide if the discomfort is healthy or not. If you’re uncomfortable because you’re thinking like a defeatist, then keep going and dismiss those thoughts. If you’re struggling because of emotional trauma then I urge you to pause and work with a mental health professional if necessary. I would never want to continue trauma. I want to keep you moving forward successfully on your next step to finding your passion and putting it into practice.
What Do I Do With These Interests?
Go write down those interests in your Find Your Passion workbook. If you already get my newsletter, you’ve got the link. If you don’t, please join today (it’s super easy) and you’ll get the free download. And don’t worry, you can unsubscribe at any time. But if you hang in there, you’ll get more information about how to find your passion that I won’t be throwing on the blog. Including something special I’m building just for you.
You’re one step closer to defining that illusive thing called passion. To understanding what drives you to be fulfilled, successful, and invested in your life’s journey. Once you’ve got that, you’re home free.