Ever since I got to college, all I have heard is that I have to find my passion. I have to find what I love to do and do it. Every presenter I have seen, every advisor I have talked to, and every book that I have read says this is the key to living a fulfilling life. The only thing wrong with this is I have no idea how to do that. I have no clue where to go looking to find my passion. I do not know what steps to take to find my passion. All I know is that this is the most important task I will complete in my life and it seems to be by far the hardest.
This whole idea of finding my passion is really what got me started with this blog. I believe I have to find myself and figure out who I really am to find my passion. However, what freshman in college really knows who they are? We are still growing up in college. We still have so many lessons to learn, mistakes to make, and experiences to have and no time to do it. We have to worry about class, homework, extra-curricular activities, work work, socializing (of course), and so much more. How are we supposed to find time in the day with all of this to do what could be the hardest thing we have to do in life: figure out who we are? Even if we found time, how are we supposed to find ourselves?
Everyone tells us to find our passion and do what we love to do but not too many people tell us how to do that. Even if they do tell us they usually over simplify it, such as listen to your heart, which is not really that simple. Now I do not blame anyone for not telling me how to find myself because I do not believe it is something simple that you can look up on Wikihow.com (although I am sure they have the 10 step plan to finding yourself). I think that to find out who you are and who you want to be you need to work at it for a long time. You need to really look at yourself in the mirror. You need to observe yourself and see how you act in different situation and see what those actions tell you about yourself. For some people it is easier to find themselves and figure out what their passion is but for most of us it is a hard journey. I do not know any secrets how to make this journey shorter or where to even begin but I know the sooner you start this journey the better off you will be.
I am not really sure if I have a clear lesson today but if I did, it would probably be summed up by the quote that Steve Jobs reinvented (like everything else Apple creates), “Find what you love to do and you will never work a day in your live.” However, I am going to take this one step further and say that to find what you love to do you have to first find yourself. I am not saying I know the key to happiness but this would be my best guess: to know yourself and find your passion. Being happy seems to me to be the only thing that matters in life. If you are happy than it does not matter what type of job you have, how much money you make, what kind of house you have because you are happy with whatever you have. People believe that money and good fortune will bring them happiness but I believe that if you find yourself and you find your passion, then you will find your happiness.
I took the first steps on my journey to self-discovery. I know it is going to be hard and it may take longer than I would like but I also know it will be worth it. Have you taken the first steps on your journey?