“Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” then what? Passion Part II.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
…Once we know what our passion is.
Last week I mentioned brainstorming a list of topics and interests. Maybe you took the time and sorted the list, or maybe, if you’re like me, you have a million interests and you’re having trouble picking one from another because they both make you happy. So what do you do?
Topic two in the process of passion hunting, is all about using your interests.
I have many interests. For the longest time, I thought I’d become a Dietitian. As a kid, I was overweight. I ate terrible. I didn’t exercise all that much. With the promise of high school lingering the end of my eighth grade year, I vowed to change myself. I read everything I could on nutrition. I listened to tapes about training the mind. I got involved. I started taking aerobics classes, and that’s when the weight fell off. I started college with the plan to become a Dietitian wanting to help others, but quickly changed my mind once I joined the club in school. I still loved the thought of nutrition and exercise, but I turned that passion into something else. I became an aerobics instructor, using a couple of different interests from dance, public speaking, and still I found, I could mentor others. The workshops also gave me the energy and passion I needed to continue to feed my busy mind. I developed courage in standing in front of a crowd I never thought I’d master again after moving from a smaller town to somewhere much bigger. And maybe someday, I’ll even write some sort of magazine article about my own struggles through the weight loss process. I’d also be combining yet another one of my interests. Nutrition + Writing + Public Speaking = DEFINITE PASSION.
So in thinking about your own list of dreams, is there a possibility in combining a few of them? Is there a possibility in transforming a love from your past into something today you could do because you love the act of doing it? Maybe volunteer. Become a coach. If you wanted to be an astronaut growing up, what about studying the stars and finding a really great telescope. The reality might also be that some of your interests won’t pay the bills 100%. But at least you’ll get some of that necessary energy and passion you might have been craving and haven’t felt for so long.
Last thought for my Monday on Passion is this: