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GO AND FALLOW YOUR PASSION

Following your passion may not lead to fulfillment or true happiness, but it is worth every second of your time.

12 January 2014 Sunday 00:54
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

Following your passion may not lead to fulfillment or true happiness, but it is worth every second of your time.

It’s likely you will have to liquidate your nest egg and everyone will say that you are being immature, but it will free you from the shackles of comfortable things.

More importantly, you will be awakened from your doze.

Let’s say you agree and are willing to follow your passion. Almost everyone has the same question: “How do I find it?”

Think of someone you know that is very passionate and engaged in the world — someone who is continually dashing to the next adventure in their lives.

Contrary to popular wisdom, they didn’t get to where they are through some objective understanding of their own desires.

It is said that passion comes after action, which means we have to experience something before we can know if we are passionate about it. Then we listen to see if a spark flares up. If so, we have found something we are passionate about.

Following our passion is simply doing this over and over, exposing ourselves to new experiences and then taking the next step towards anything that excites, tantalizes or calls to us.

But once the shine of the “new” wanes, there remains an emptiness.

Some people call it a voice, some a nagging feeling, but the message is always the same. It is the realization that something vital is missing from your life.

I know because I have chased passion for my entire life. And I continue to chase it.

I’ve been a painter, a writer, a journalist, a manager, a secretary, a papier maché maker, and a mother. Each venture offered wonderful new challenges and opportunities, but I was unable to shake this feeling that something was missing.

Like most people, I wanted pleasure, recognition and approval.

A lifetime of following my passion didn’t lead me to fulfillment or enlightenment.

So why am I recommending it to you?

Because it gave me the confidence to meet and overcome any challenge.

It prepared me to start asking the really hard questions. It woke me up.

Who can I help?

What is the work that is truly worth doing?

What, larger than myself, am I here to serve?

So don’t ever stop being passionate.

You heard me right?

Until next week keep cool and healthy!


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