While I would never argue against the importance of developing passion in one’s life, I am concerned by the multitude of articles/posts pushing the idea that one must “find their passion”.
It’s as if we have to choose one thing, and devote all of our energy to that one goal. Talk about setting yourself up for disappointment and failure.
This is the same problem as asking a high schooler to map out the rest of their life, by choosing a major to study in college. They don’t even know what life is yet, and you want them to choose how they will be spending the entirety of it?
There is something lost when we must choose between “this or that”, rather than reminding people there is an “and” in the dictionary for good reason.
How about embracing a passionate life — finding a way to embrace every project, every aspect, every moment? Otherwise, there is a decent chance you will only come to enjoy the moments you are privileged enough to pursue your passion, and despise the much longer phases of time spent away from it.
Passion without perspective can be very damaging. Passion very easily leads to burnout. It can lead to envy. It can lead to resentment. It can lead you to stick with something far beyond its practical usefulness.
The only way to have perspective is to continually be moving.
A “passion” is for people willing to settle.