The real meaning of Passion
“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”
Mark Z. Danielewski
I find this quote interesting because we are often told to find our passion. Conventional wisdom says that in finding our passion we should discover what fires us up. The problem is that, even in doing what you love, you won’t necessarily always feel euphoric or even happy with yourself. And if you expect to always feel those feelings from your passion, you will ultimately end up feeling dissapointed.
Passion isn’t necessarily about what fires you up and more about what you are willing to give into despite not always feeling inspired. It gives the power back to you, showing that you ultimately choose what to do and that what you choose can literally be anything. You ultimately steer the vehicle and that is a pay-off larger than any fleeting sensation.
It reminds me of a passage I remember by Eckhart Tolle in which he says that it is a misconception to believe that joy comes from what you do. Joy, instead, comes from deep within you and flows into your work. It is ultimately up to you to discover if you believe that your passion (and ultimately the world itself) owes you some type of euphoric feeling. From there you can discover how this belief effects your work and the way you approach different opportunities. The choice is yours. How will you handle it?