Do you ever feel like you are too old to pursue finding your passion? If you’re reading this, you are not too old, or too young either, to explore new pursuits with passion. Age is largely irrelevant when it comes to finding sources of greater life satisfaction. Pursuit of passions will however require a new understanding of time.
Priorities shift throughout our lives, which may be the reason why we didn’t explore certain passions in work, hobbies or play. Life gets more complicated as we age, which is part of the reason we sometimes forget to remember what we really wanted to achieve before we die.
When we are younger, we often feel the pressure of success, thinking that we must succeed no matter what. This is a good mindset because it is a form of respect to the people who helped raise us, but a not so good mindset depending upon whether we’ve taken the time to personally define success via our own perspective vs. that of society and others.
Without defining our personal definition of success, we choose to set aside inner longings to take opportunities as they are presented in the moment which are also often coupled with need. We grab onto these opportunities and go. Once we start getting a bit comfortable, coupled with all the financial responsibilities of independence, fear kicks in and we worry that we could lose everything if make any changes to pursue something different while unsure of what the outcome will be. So sometimes we stay in the place, feeling a bit stuck.
THIS is a perception problem: Not necessarily a reality issue. We create our own prisons when we choose to believe our lives are stuck.
Passion can always be found. To me it’s like the expression: “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater,” which reminds us to not discard something valuable along with something we may find less desirable.
Jobs = money. Sometimes they represent our passions. Sometimes they are the means to our passions. Sometimes they are both.
We don’t need to quit anything to find more passion. We need to define our passion, what is important to us, the activities that make us feel most alive — and pursue it.
Time is never an obstacle if something is truly a passion. Just set your heart and mind to it and you’ll be able to live a more passionate life without subtracting anything. Living a more passionate life is an addition equation.
I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models.