Neha Kabra
May 22, 2018 · 2 min read

Need some help finding your passion?

What's your passion?

Are you following your passion?

Is this your passion?

Find your passion.

Passion.

One of the most widely used, even abused word in recent times. And yet, the buzz around it does not seem to die down anytime soon. It makes me wonder if this craze has been there all along or has my antenna suddenly become tuned to catch this word as I entered my twenties?

The earliest I can recall being acquainted to this word was when I'd read Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. My takeaway from the book back then had been that every person on this planet has a purpose. And his only duty is to serve that purpose relentlessly with an undying devotion. This purpose would be his "calling", his passion. And that and only that could truly make him happy.

To my young mind, I'd been enchanted. I believed Rand had found the secret to eternal happiness. I was hooked. Because I wanted to be happy and thus I needed to know my one and only true calling to get me to that elusive happy place.

It's been several years since I first read the book and over time, I've developed several interpretations of the same print. To this day, I'm not sure if any of these are what Rand had wanted to convey, but the book just keeps giving regardless and I've been a happy receiver.

My most recent takeaway has been a revelation of sorts. A lesson I hope to stick with for the rest of my life. I realised that the goal of living a life where you're "figuring" out your passion or "chasing" your passion is ridiculous because it's so very limiting.

You see, passion was never a thing. Passion was, is and will always be a feeling. And feelings can change. At 15, you could be crazy about being a rockstar. At 25, you could be crazy about teaching. So do you stick on to your passion of being a rockstar because that was your one and only truly calling that was going to make you happy?

You know the answer.

To come back to my questions at the beginning, here are some questions I suggest you should instead be asking yourself:

Did I enjoy what I did today?

Did I do it to the best of my abilities?

Could I have done even better or brought more energy or joy to what I did?

If your answer to the above questions is a yes, you are living a passionate life.

Because passion is not about what you are doing with your life. It's about how you are doing it and how you are feeling while doing it.

Don't be after A passion.

Be a passionate person.

Neha Kabra

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Dreamer. Logophile. Thinker. Closet writer. Perpetual learner.