In my last blog I prattled on about how great I felt that I had found my children’s passions. And I still do feel pretty good about that.
But what about our passion as adults?
I was talking with a girl friend who wants to make some sort of change in her life (& income earning ability). I asked her what her passion was, and she didn’t know.
Many of us don’t know what our passion is, but I think that deep down we all have passions. This is over and above the passion that we have for our family of course.
I have many passions. I have core passions that are always there. These are writing, photography, and creative pursuits. Then I have fluctuating passions that come and depending upon which stage of my life I am in. At the moment, I am passionate about researching dyslexia and dyscalculia and promoting research and knowledge in the areas that can effect and help us in our pursuit of ensuring Max will have the same educational and career opportunities as anyone else.
But lately, I have been led to explore my passions further. At a time of increasing and inevitable instability with my job as we go through a merger, I am exploring my passions further and trying to identify income earning opportunities with them.
I was inspired that other night talking with a talented artist friend (check out her blog here). Several years ago, when our kids were little, she said “I want to illustrate books”. Though she was already a skilled artist and qualified art teacher, she went and did an Illustration course through TAFE that took several years. And guess what? She is now illustrating books as a career. This is her job, and she is busy with it, and she is loving it!
She followed her passion.
So, coming back to working out what your passion is. Do you have a passion? Is it something you do full time, when you have time, or you just dream about doing?
If you have trouble working out what your passion is, ask yourself this question….if you had a day to yourself with no other commitments and heaps of energy, what would you choose to do with your day?
I picture myself in a space of my own, working on editing photos, writing articles, blogs or whatever, with a painting I am working on sitting on an easel, and perhaps working on education projects for teachers shaped around dyslexia and dyscalculia where I can use my current career based skills, knowledge and abilities and huge HECS investment.
What about you? What would you do with a day to yourself? Would you cook, write, visit friends, do charity work, take a meal to a sick friend or neighbour, play on the computer, renovate your house, work in the garden, plan family activities, spend time with your animals, do crosswords and sudoku puzzles, read books about science, research medical break throughs….what would you do?
When you really answer this question, you are on the path to finding your passion…
Oh, as a side note, I am now a mother of a 14 year old…scary!!
And yes Mum, I checked my spelling. If there are errors, consider them to be typos. x