With my husband losing his job and trying to find a new one there has been a lot of talk about what he wants to be when he grows up. He’s 42. I’m 31. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up either. I was looking up ways to find what you’re good at or career tests or how to find your passion. I came across an article on The Telegraph website called Eight Ways to Find the True Passion in Life that has Eluded You written by Rebecca Burn-Callander. You can find this article here.
The article talks about 8 different ways to find your true passion in life. The first one asks three questions.
Finding your passion could be easier than you think. By answering these questions honestly, you could work out what to do with the rest of your life.
“What subject could I read 500 books about without getting bored?”
“What could I do for five years straight without getting paid?”
“What would I spend my time doing if I had complete financial abundance to do anything?”
I answered the questions like this. I could read 500 books about writing. I would read for five years straight. And if I could spend my time doing anything I would read, drink coffee, teach my daughter at home, play, and travel.
Answering these questions I discovered that I should read a lot, write a lot, home school and play with my daughter, and drink a lot of coffee. Travel will have to come after our finances have been sorted out again.
I’m not sure yet how to make money writing, reading, and drinking coffee, but I do try to make as much time for all of those things as possible. In fact, looking at my journal where I wrote down the answers to these questions, it was the day I filled in my answers that I decided to take the jump back in to my blog after having abandoned it when my husband lost his job. I haven’t had this much fun with writing in a long time.
Have I found a career? Not quite. But I’ve been hearing and reading a lot more lately about how your passion does not necessarily have to equate to a career or job. If you love it you should do it even if you never make a cent. Following your passion because you are passionate about it is enough.
So I’ll do the things I know I love and try to find new ways to bring in more income. As Elizabeth Gilbert says in Big Magic “If someday I got lucky enough to be paid for my work, that would be great, but in the meantime, money could always come from other places.”
Gilbert also says in Big Magic “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.”
I’ll be here doing the things that make me money, but also doing the things that make me happy like reading and writing and drinking coffee. Both kinds of activities are equally important.
Do your passions make you money?