Minimalism Series — Passion
“The time is always right to do what is right”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
We always hear people say that “follow your passion” and its the advice that many of us take. However, I personally think that this is a crappy advice to anyone because it presupposes you were born with a passion or you were supposed to follow a path and do that for the rest of your life. Obviously, you were not!
People can be passionate about many things in life and some passions are hobbies,and some turn into professions . For many people there is no one true calling. I personally have many passions from tennis to coding to electronic music production. If you look at this example none of them are remotely connected yet I’m passionate about them.
A person who has many passions and wants to pursue is known as a multipotentialite. Many people follow the social constructs and are afraid to step out but minimalism isn’t just about following one passion but following multiple passions as you grow them and change interests.
Many of us may not be passionate about anything right now but that doesn’t mean we will never find it. A quote by Steve Jobs really inspires me on this topic
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it”
When we meet someone new we always get this question —
“What do you do?”
All they are looking is for the title on your business card or your vocation. But this is such a broad question to anyone because there is a lot a person does in their lives. It is so surprising that if you answer this question in a way like
“hey, you know what I love to do? I love to ski”
But then somehow it always ends up to this question —
“What do you actually do for a living?”
The shocking part is that people are so interested in how you make money instead of your passions and interests in life. This happens quite often, even though I hate generalizing things many people don’t really enjoy the work they do or they don’t have passion for it. However, there is a certain amount of money required to survive, making money isn’t exactly why you were born right?
In this practice of minimalism meaning is what one looks for in their lives not happiness. Thus, chasing happiness is not the right reason to choose minimalism as a path of your lifestyle.
Find meaning in your passions and happiness will follow.
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