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Passionate Thoughts…

It’s surprising how difficult it can be to clear one’s mind of negative ‘practical’ thoughts when trying to write some simple lists.  All I was trying to do was write a list of what I was good at, a list of what I was really interested in or enjoyed doing, a list of the sorts of things I choose to read about and finally a list of things that I had secretly dreamed of.  In particular I found it difficult to write the list of things that I was interested in without having the quantifying factor that this was a list that hopefully I’d be able to find a career from.  It made me want to miss off things like singing and swimming in the sea – because nobody would ever buy my music, and I definitely don’t want to become an open water swimming champion etc.

I would challenge everyone who reads this blog post to just take five minutes per list and write.  Maybe if you get really stuck ask a friend, and once you have a couple of ideas, more will just flow.  Even if you aren’t trying to find your passion, or career ideas, it really does just allow you a few moments access to who you are, and I’d be very surprised if you didn’t think of something and decide that you wanted to try that again.

The list I enjoyed the most, was the list of things that I secretly dreamed of.  Here there are a couple of really unrealistic things because I just don’t have the talent, such as being a West End leading lady, but it’s made me realise that I could maybe enjoy a local amateur dramatics group or similar.  It’s also got my childhood dreams of being a pilot or the next female Prime Minister.  Both these again are not out of the question, although they perhaps give better insight into the kind of things I’d like to focus on, such as making a difference and a sense of freedom, rather than being hard and fast career options.

It’s amazing how enjoyable it has been to think about these things – I shall follow on the with the next steps and report back soon.



Finding My Passion – Step One

I am beginning, but I would define my passion as doing what best aligns me with our universe to enjoy every day and have the feeling of inner-peace.  This may change and if so I shall let you know.  But that’s what is important to me and many others that I have spoken to.  Those moments where you just feel ‘right’.  I can vividly remember two of these moments, the most clear was when I was driving home in the sunshine with my windows down and some of my favourite music playing.  The other was when I was much younger and driving to our family holiday destination – I have no idea why but it seemed like I’d suddenly learned how to smile – I felt so free.

I have been reading a lot of Leo Babuata’s ZenHabits blog (I would thoroughly recommend you to do the same!) and I am going to use the following guide in order to help me discover my passion: http://zenhabits.net/the-short-but-powerful-guide-to-finding-your-passion/

I have set aside a special notebook and I have started with the first step.  I have also asked a couple of my closest friends and family members to help me and I shall take this coming weekend to write a list of all the things that I think I am good at, all the things that excite me, all the things I take time to read about and also a list of my secret dreams.

I shall come back with a pared down list – and then take each item in turn with the next steps.