The more passionate you are about something, the more likely you are to do very well at it. However, how does passion emerge?
I used to think that we choose our passions. In other words, we think about what we want to do, and since we want to do it, the passion to do it emerges.
I’ve come to realize that this isn’t the case. Specifically, I no longer think that we choose our passions, but that our passions find us.
In other words, our passions are largely outside of our control. They emerge as a result of the combination of our genetics and our experiences that together shape who we are.
No matter how much we might want to be passionate about something else, usually because of seeing someone else do it, this isn’t possible. We are not that person, so their passion is not our passion. Their passion is the result of their genetics and the experiences that they’ve had in their lives, which are very likely different than ours.
To the extent that their genetics and experiences are similar, we might indeed have a similar passion. And there is more than one combination of genetics and experiences that produces the same passion. So we might have the same passion even if we have different genetics and experiences. However, given the range of possible passions, having the same passion as someone else is unlikely.
So rather than try to choose our passions based on what we think we want, or should want, we should be open to experiencing the different environments where our passions might find us.
This time period prior to finding your passion in life is a luxury. Because if you do, once you do, you will spend a lot of your time on it. And this leaves less time to experience other things.
But the good thing is that you won’t want to. You’ll leave the luxury of experiencing different things for the luxury of pursuing your passion.
Your passion will have found you.
Also published on Medium.