Passion 101: The Non-Existent Course

by Matthieu McClintock

Being passionate about something or someone is sometimes hard to tell, especially in retrospect. In the moment, you feel the passion, you eat, live and breath it, but time can sometimes make that passion fade. I believe that passion is where life begins and ends and if passion is not a large part of your life, you’re missing out big time.

I am passionate about many things and people. I’m passionate about writing, building, creating, and sub-disciplines therein. I’m passionate about my girlfriend and have compassion for my family and friends. So what does that mean exactly? It means that I care, I care a lot. Writing isn’t just something I “have to do”, it’s something I love and have loved since I was a child. It has helped me in many ways I would have never guessed.

Many people spend a large majority of their lives working on things they are not passionate about or being with people they are not passionate about. That’s just an observation, and truth be told, an experience I’ve had first hand. So many of those who “teach” you what is important, education, work, family, etc. fail to mention passion. Find something you’re passionate about, something you’d do if you were alone and no one was forcing you to do it. Once you’ve found that, do it for a living.

My first passion was films so I made films, beginning at the age of 8 with the help of my grandfather only to end up in Hollywood making feature films when I was 20. I was passionate about music so I taught myself how to play guitar, write, arrange, and record songs — it goes on and on. My resume reads like a list of passions I have/had and so should yours.

Most importantly, however, to those who are not passionate about their career or job, think of this. If you spend 5/7ths of your life doing something you’re not passionate about, you’re living 2/7ths of your life at best. So as Nick Hexum would say, “Reconsider Everything” and don’t let what others tell you dictate what you do. Find your passion and pursue it, whatever it may be.

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