Be passionate about your life

Credit: Ian Schneider

I’m a millennial and I’m not ashamed of it.

I was born in 1986, and I’m basically a digital native, connected through social media, feeling good about instant gratification, buying online, don’t care too much about owning a property and love the shared economy. Contrary to most of parents, the Baby Boomers, I’m part of a generation that wasn’t raised only to have a successful profession.

Something was off with the idea of striving exclusively for a good, vertical career, with a steady rise through the corporate ladder, which for so many years was thought to be the bullet-proof way of getting satisfaction and security: having the means to own a house, a car, send their kids to “good schools” (for which I’m grateful), and taking nice vacations every year. Sure, we were still told to aim for all of this and more, but there was something else society was telling us to do.

We were told to pursue our passions.

When I talk to colleagues and friends, they seem to be having a hard time defining, or even finding, their passion. This is frustrating; it makes most of us feel unhappy of where we’re at, always wishing we did something else, had different talents; even sometimes wanting to be somebody else (and social media is a great place to feed that feeling).

The thing is, you won’t always know what your passion is.

It might take you months, even years, to be able to define grasp it, let alone define it. Because even though you know what it is, that doesn’t mean you get to do it 24/7 and feel great all the time; life is messy that way.

The secret is to be passionate about what you do.

To be able to enjoy the walk, share your successes and learn from your failures. Instead of viewing your life as a spectator, questioning every decision, wondering if you’re on the right track to finding your passion and second-guessing each step, live your life as the main character, and be passionate about it.

Life is life, and it will keep going on wether you want it or not.

On the way you’ll figure out what is really meaningful for you; you’ll be able to tell what is valuable for you from what isn’t; you’ll learn to connect with others and eventually open up.

You’ll get better at being more respectful and more honest, to yourself and to others; feeling comfortable saying no, without a sense of doubt or uncertainty, ridding yourself of guilt and the fear of missing out; and to say yes with a sense of security and enjoying yourself.

You will value the ability to look back and reflect on what happened, what you learnt from yourself and from others, what you take with you and what you decide to let go.

Life is all about decisions and taking responsibility of the decisions you make; and even not deciding, is a way of doing it. Life is not all black or white; right and wrong are the result of what you decide. But life isn’t going to wait for you to live it, to create and to take action.

Life will still happen, with or without you. It’s up to you to decide.