Everyone has something within themselves that drives them to passion. Now, I’m not talking about this in a sexual sense but more along the lines of what we truly care about. There is a fire inside of every individual that gets stoked a little stronger when our mind turns towards this thing. Whatever it is, it can consume our thoughts at times. Yet, many of us, though aware of this passion, are not really pursuing it.
Life has gotten in the way. We have become distracted. Something else, or perhaps many somethings, have begun lining up ahead of this one thing in regards to our priorities in life. We have definitely allowed ourselves to take a different direction in life. We started out pursuing this one thing but have wandered down a different road.
Max Lucado reminds us that “changing direction in life is not tragic. Losing passion in life is. Something happens to us along the way. Convictions to change the world downgrade to commitments to pay the bills. Rather than make a difference, we make a salary. Rather than look forward, we look back. Rather than look outward, we look inward. And we don’t like what we see.”
So, why don’t we change it?
My personal opinion, I think most people have become content with what they have. Routine has settled in and they have convinced themselves that where they are is simply good enough. Another opinion of mine is that this mindset will cause doubts to creep into a person’s mind about how productive their life is. These two things work against each other regularly and one, or both, must go.
The thing about your life’s passion that is interesting is that it refuses to go away. It is like that itch that you cannot reach. It will not go away on its own. You have to find a way to scratch it.
This does not necessarily mean a career change or anything along those lines. Maybe that persistent itch in your life is to do something outside of your career. Maybe you feel passionate about traveling. You want to see the world. Set that as a priority and use your job to fuel your travels.
Maybe you feel passionate about helping the needy. You can scratch that itch through your local church and do so on days that you do not work. Lucado points towards a person’s focus on a career as a potential reason for passion giving way to routine. However, if a person sets their mind to it, nothing should be out of reach.
Take a step back and evaluate your situation. Who is looking back at you when you stare into the mirror?
Set your passion as your priority.
Watch what can happen.
Life is Strange. Live it Well.