In the first day of this journey, you would have listed those things you are most passionate about. But, passions don’t necessarily have to be our life purpose. Passions that are life-long can become a life purpose. However, we tend to have different passions at different stages of our lives. Most passions are ethereal, lasting a few weeks to a few months. On the other hand, a life purpose creates a longer-lasting desire. Even though passions do not generally lead to a life purpose, let us see if that really is the case for you. Today’s exercise is quite simple.
In today’s lesson, you will
- categorize your passions into life-long and current passions,
- add new passions to your list,
- and ask who would you like to help pursue a similar passion.
Categorize your passions
Take your list of passions from the first day’s exploration and categorize them into a life-long passion or a current passion. Only categorize the passion as a life-long one if you have had the same interest from when you were either a kid or teenager and ask whether you are still doing these things.
For example, I have categorized mine as:
A. Life-long passions:
- Latin dancing (but not salsa).
- Thinking and writing in my journal.
- Working with equations.
- Helping classmates in their lessons and subsequently, colleagues.
B. Current passions:
- Decluttering my home and sprucing it up into an inviting space.
- Writing on this blog.
Add new passions to your list
Some of our passions may have gone dormant. So think of those things you would really like to do.
C. Things I would love to do:
- Teach math to children in the children’s hospital.
- Analyzing wind flow and turbulence.
I got stymied after writing just two things. Maybe you would too. So, keep this list handy and then add to it over a day or two. You will add to the list even later on.
Journal to discover who would you like to help
First look at your life-long passions. Then ask the following question: Who would I like to help do the same things and why? Journal about it. Here is my journal entry.
For me, I love learning. I have always found it easy to do. Also, I have always helped my peers in some way. As a child and all the way into university, I taught my classmates whenever they asked for help. I still teach but more so my students. How I wish I could make math easier for them. So many don’t have the confidence to try manipulating math equations. I love math although I don’t do it too much now, just the basic math that my students use in physics. One thing I wish for most is to help my students learn an area of interest in depth because there are a plethora of careers out there…if only my students had the confidence to go after them. Most of all, I want my students to reach for and go after the life they want.
Maybe I’m doing my students a disservice by not having multiple careers as well…Wow, I did not know where that came from. As a first start, I will get back to playing with equations that challenge me.
Also, I want to help my peers, professional women, to go after the life they truly desire. We all have so much untapped potential. Sometimes, we need a nudge to do so. I want to help them because we need a new culture where women support each other in the job place. Luckily, in my career, our promotions depend on our own work. We do not have to fight each other for one promotion.
I love dancing but not well enough to teach someone else to do it. Dancing is more of a hobby for me. I just like knowing I could dance and hold my own on a dance floor.
I love reading and writing, thinking and recording my thoughts, analyzing what I have written and adapting. Sometimes I’m slow to change my habits, but by recording my thoughts and actions I can see just how slow I am. I have found reflection useful in my daily life. Also, reading self-help books has helped me to change my thoughts and regulate my emotions. So many people, both young and old do not understand how much they hold themselves back because they are unable to regulate. While I enjoy reading and writing, I don’t think I want to help other people do the same. I don’t mind giving the occasional advice.
After answering ” Who would I like to help do the same things and why”, read over your journal entry. If there are one or more groups of people you want to help then note than down here. This is your summary for future reference.
I would like to help:
- A – students with math.
- B – professional female colleagues with living the life they want.
- C – myself – with an additional career.
What if you don’t have a passion
Although my passions helped here in defining who I want to help and why this may not be the case for you. You may find that you don’t have any major passions. That’s okay because of two things. First, there are other ways to determine a life purpose besides passions. Secondly, discovering your passions and life purposes often takes work and to do this, you will have to try different things to determine what you are passionate about. The main thing is to keep experimenting. In day 3, you will have another exercise to explore to discover your life purposes.