You got a little you could use much more
—Passion, Aaron Bruno (Song writer and Performer)
What lights your soul up? Do you even know what lights your soul up?
These are two questions that spark frequent discussions in our home.
Creating lights my soul up. It’s my passion. Whether it’s cooking/baking, drawing, painting, creating a craft, writing, or more, I love creating. Because I love doing so many creative things, it was really difficult to choose a career path early in life. So, I got my Master’s Degree in Art Education so I could become a teacher.
While that path was fun for a bit, it didn’t truly allow me the freedom I needed. It helped me fine tune my organization, time management, and more, so I never would say it was a waste of my time. I loved working with children and adults and loved the ideas we bounced off of each other every day.
Then I tried corporate America. Again, it was fun for a bit, but it still didn’t give me the freedom my heart desired. It helped me learn business, marketing and technology, so it served me very well.
Now, I’ve been working to fine tune exactly what my heart desires. I’ve been creating freely now (I quit my job in January 2018) for almost a year and I’ve narrowed my passions down to education, drawing, cooking, and writing. I have some definite future goals on what to do with those passions, but in the meantime, I’m not rushing things.
Passions take time.
Now that I’ve figured out where I will go next, it’s my husband’s turn. When you are married, I figured out very early on that you can’t just say “Okay, I’m good….see ya’ later!” and then do YOU. At least that’s how I view marriage. Anything you do is a team effort.
As my husband and I finish the renovations on our 1800’s home and prepare to buy an RV and travel for a while, he’ll get the break he needs to narrow down his passions. We aren’t sure how long we’ll be out traveling, but I know it will serve a big purpose in our lives. I’ve been allowed “time off” to figure out my passions and now it’ll be his turn (and our turn together, as whatever we do next career-wise, we want to do together).
While not everyone has to travel or quit their job to figure out their passions, I do think it’s a good idea if you can make it work.
When your brain is free, it allows your heart to finally be heard.
I highly encourage anyone still trying to figure out their passion in life to do anything and everything they can to secure it and then do something with it. Take a longer than usual vacation (travel or not), read books in subjects you don’t usually read, take some classes (online or in a classroom setting), meet with people that have careers they absolutely love (you know the ones….those that would do what they are doing even if they weren’t paid), and more.
Don’t worry about how long it takes to figure out your passion. Just keep DOING. Just keep CREATING. Just keep GOING.
Sending light and love to anyone who needs it!
Music inspiration: Here’s a video from AWOLNATION for the song Passion.
About the video: Directed by Ravi Dhar with Director of Photography Russell Houghten, ‘Passion’ follows disabled skater Og De Souza in his native Recife, Brazil.