Passion: A Journey of Self-Discovery

“If you haven't got it, you can't show it. If you have got it, you can't hide it.”

- Zora Neale Hurston

This quote from one of my favorite Black Renaissance writers makes me think of how life is influenced by passion. Life seems to open when people know what they truly care about, to the point that “care” evolves into a passion. Something you love and care about so much, that “you can’t hide It”. Yet, when people don’t know or lack passion, life seems to be overwhelming or one just feels lost—“Haven’t got it”. However, the constant search for a passion becomes draining as one begins to feel frustrated with the world around them, feel that their lives are stuck, or begin to develop ill-feelings toward themselves.

That is the main thing people are controlled by, their perceptions of themselves, they are slowed down by their perceptions of themselves
— Kanye West age 36

  The pressure that accompany passion or not having passion create seemingly unattainable goals, reinforces doubt, and difficult obstacles that create an internal conflict. This is where the shift in the mind happens. Where you realize your perception of self and how you understand passion needs to change, so that you can. The idea that passion is found or is a destination can cause anxiety and doubt because you focus too much on the future. However, when you welcome the fact that passion is realized, cultivated, and pursued—it’s a journey, you will be motivated, disciplined, and curious. It's all a matter of perception. 

This misconception forces people to stress over not having a passion, leading people to compare their lives, successes, and personal attributes to other people. It's a harmful notion that people with passions live fuller more interesting lives than those who don’t. Ultimately, creating apprehension towards other people or experiences.  

Rather than succumb to the burden of feeling passionless, realize that your lack of passion is a chance to embark on a journey of self-discovery! An opportunity to learn what you do and don't like, a chance to not limit yourself, but welcome the possibilities in all things.

 When you are aware of the effects that passion and being passionless can bring, work to investigate and explore what you are curious about to help alleviate that pressure; while you exploring your curiosities you'll possibly discover what you are passionate about.  Curiosity doesn't require anything from you, but encourages you to engage and be active in the world around you.

Share your experience with realizing and cultivating your passion Or about how exploration and doing what interests you is guiding your life.