I haven’t been blogging for a while. I got so engaged in something else that I simply put it aside.
Excluding my journal posts, I’ve managed to write 1 article during these past two weeks.
For the past couple of days I’ve been “meaning to” get back in to writing.
The truth is, I haven’t felt like blogging at all.
I lost the passion for it.
Needless to say, this made for a perfect subject to write about after such a long break.
First of all, you most likely misunderstand passion
Everyone has experienced the feeling of being super-motivated to do something. This happens usually when the activity is 1) something new 2) something exciting.
The problem is that the motivation always fades away.
If you are anything like I was, you probably think that having passion towards something is like being in that super-motivated state all the time while doing the thing.
In my experience, this isn’t what passion is.
The first burst of motivation will always end, nothing that we do or have in excess will stay exciting for us.
Once that burst ends, majority of people stop because “they lost their passion”.
Those who find reasons to keep going after that may find out what passion really is.
Everyone defines it differently
Here are ten things you should know about passion.
I can say that I’m passionate about blogging because I want to write, I want to share and I enjoy doing it.
But I’m not obsessed with it.
If I’d define it like that article defines it, I would have to say that I’m not passionate about blogging.
The point is, I can determine what passion means to me personally.
It’s ok not to define it like others do.
After all, it’s your subjective experience. Define what it means by yourself.
Two ways to create it
1. By accident
This is the most common way to develop a passion for something.
This is also the reason why a lot of people don’t develop it for anything.
Accidents either happen or don’t happen – they are highly environmental.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I was always kind of just waiting to become passionate about something while doing my daily things, such as playing games and watching movies.
Obviously this is a screwed up way to think about it.
Maybe you were “unlucky” like most people and you didn’t develop a passion for anything. In that case you’ll have to go look for it.
I’ll give you an example what I would do:
I currently this project where I’m learning to draw and I’m committed to drawing something every day. However I’m not passionate about drawing at all, even though I like doing it.
To spark passion I’d:
- Look for amazing pictures that people have drawn and other material related to it (When I got into weightlifting I watched guys with ripped bodies – no homo)
- Find reasons to get better at drawing – for example I might want to create an amazing scenery picture at some point for myself or make portraits of people close to me (it would make a great gift!)
- Google “drawing motivation“ – If something motivates someone else, there’s a good chance that it will motivate me too.
- Learn more about drawing & art – the reason for this is our bias as humans to think that “all that we see is all there is”, I can’t know beforehand what kind of things may spark a more lasting interest towards drawing so I’d try to learn all kinds of things related to it.
- Finally, allocate more time to it so that my thought-patterns would be more inclined to be more oriented towards drawing and art.
Don’t expect to be passionate to learn more about it, but learn more about it to become more passionate.
What if nothing interests you?
I’ve been there.
When you don’t have anything that you’d like to be passionate about, you’ll have to start trying basically everything.
I’ve tried 3D-modeling, writing reviews, learning languages, weight-lifting, playing basketball, biking, playing ukulele etc.
And those are just from top of my head.
I’m sure that everyone will find something that will spark their interest. Then it’s a matter of developing it into a passion, if you want.
There is however one thing that can prevent you from sparking interest towards anything: depression or other deeply negative state of mind.
You’ll have to get rid of that first and in that case I’ll have to point you towards this article. It’s what helped me, maybe it will help you.
Doesn’t hurt to try.
- The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion
- Want to Find Your Life Passion? Start by Simplifying Your Life
- Redefining Passion: How To Avoid The Fate of the 64%
- 40 Quotes to Help You Follow Your Passion