What to Follow When You Don't Know What Your "Passion" Is
I'm all about "following your passion." But, it seems that I've run into a lot of people in my life who are like, "Um, cool G. But, like, I don't know what mine is yet..." This always causes me to pause for a moment. Hm.
G's philosophy in a nutshell:
...Yet, what happens before the BIG light bulb, "a-ha" moment? When we're unsure where our passion lies, where do we start? I was listening to a talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, that totally inspired me & was a huge perspective changer. She states the following:
"You spend a lot of your life having people tell you to follow your passion. It's nice advice, it's heart-warming advice, it's great advice -- if you happen to have one that is very clear and obvious...
[However] Sometimes it feels cruel and all it does is make you feel even worse and more left out, because you're like, 'I would if I knew what it was!' If you're in that position right now... forget about passion."
What does Gilbert suggest we follow instead?
Although we might not be sure what we want to do or what we're passionate about, we definitely all get curious. Curiosity is what led me to spirituality when I was browsing the book shelves after my big "breakthrough." Curiosity brought me and Spiritual Psychology together after a random Google search (literally). It happens everyday. We get curious. And this curiosity can often lead us to unexpected places. If we choose to follow it, of course.
The curiosities are there for a reason and, more likely than not, these little nudges are leading us to something bigger. To unfolding, to thriving, to discovering what we didn't know before. And that's really the whole point. Following our passion is about being drenched in a life we love. One that we didn't necessarily know was a possibility.
So, next time you get an intuitive prompting, explore it. Let yourself wonder. Allowing ourselves to delve into the unknown really is when the magic happens.
All my love,