Why Passion Matters
When I first began my search for activities that I'm passionate about, I didn't really think much about "why?" I just knew that if I wanted to be doing something I enjoyed for the rest of my life, I had to be passionate about it.
But really, the "why" is an important part of this search, and any search really. Think about it, if you don't know why you are trying to find something or why you are trying to accomplish a goal, then what's the point? And what are your chances of actually succeeding?
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most of you reading this probably already know why you are searching for a passion, or you may have already found it. But if not, I'm going to explain why you should be searching.
Because life is very short.
We've all heard this before, but I really started to focus on this recently, and it struck me as the reason why passions are so important. We really only have a limited amount of time on this world. It may be a day more or might be a hundred years more. But it's limited. So if time is not on our side, what are we doing with the time that we do have? If we aren't enjoying it, if we aren't looking forward to another day, and are instead spending it doing things that we hate...then we really are wasting our lives.
On top of that, when you are doing something that you are passionate about, you are going to be better at it. You are going to be willing to put in the time it takes to do it well. And you are going to enjoy it.
"...that goes back to the idea of passion and that it makes hard work natural."
- Sam, Crazy Enough To Try
So when I advise people to pursue their passions, it's not a light suggestion that I think people should do when they get a chance. I'm telling them to live their lives as best as they can, follow their dreams, and make the most out of their gifts, because sooner or later there will no longer be time.
Why do you pursue passion?