What Are You Passionate About?

You’ve been given the chance to take five minutes and perform a speech on something you are passionate about and there is a money reward if the judges deem it passionate. Would you talk about something you truly are passionate about or would you try to ‘pretend’ to be passionate about something because you think that’s what the people want to hear?

Let’s assume you had five minutes to give a speech. You would receive a very large sum of money if you gave a speech that the judges considered “passionate.” You choose the topic, you write the speech. You give a passionate speech, you get the money.

What would you talk about? More importantly, would what you talk about in that speech be what you’re truly passionate about, or would you try to fudge and make people think you were really excited about something you think is “important,” because you think that’s what they want to hear?

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Telling people what you think they want to hear is a good way to have an absolutely horrible life. You can’t be honest with anyone, or think you cannot, because they believe you are someone other than who you are. You can’t express your real feelings about certain things because you know that’s not what the people you’re with think.

How do you find your true self? I think the best way is to look at what you’re truly passionate about. If you love baseball, but loathe cricket, and all your best friends are British, won’t being honest about your love of baseball well, ruin your friendship?

It might, and if it does, that’s probably the best possible thing that could happen to you. Because if you have friends who not only don’t share your passions but don’t want you to be passionate about those things, then what do you have in common? They don’t like what you like, and they want you to like what they like. What kind of friend is that?

What would you do if you had all the time in the world and money was no option? Imagine you’re told you can go see a concert. Any concert you want, anywhere in the world. I know people who would go see the band that’s appearing in their hometown in three months. Not because of a lack of imagination, but because that is what they want to do. They love their town and they love that band.

I’m reminded of a conversation between two friends many years ago when one talked about not being sure she could become a writer, and the other said, “I’ve seen your face when you talk about writing. That’s passion.” The writer is now working on her fourth book and has just signed another publishing contract to write about another of her passions.

So many people think they can’t be who they truly are with their friends, or at work. The truth is, unless you are who you really are, unless you’re passionate about what you’re really passionate about, why would those people, or any others, want to be passionate about your friendship?

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Thanks to Starfire at Mindfulness and Wonderment for posting a great response to this post, and to Positive and Successful Lifestyle Tips for including this post in the Carnival of Inspiration and Motivation.

3 Comments on “What Are You Passionate About?”

  • Hi David

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, and enjoying it, but this post really caught my attention (enough that I think I need to go blog my own answer to your initial question :-)

    It’s interesting: I can mostly be honest about what I’m passionate about around family (I’m blessed with accepting kin), friends (they don’t stay friends long if I can’t!) and even, for the most part, workmates. Sure there are things I enjoy messing around with that I won’t necessarily share with all and sundry; but the stuff that I’m really passionate about? That I can be honest about.

    It wasn’t always like that though; so in addition to making me want to blog about what I’d give my 5-minute ‘passionate speech’ about? Your post has come as a really welcome reminder to take a moment to look back at how far I’ve come, and give myself credit for consciously creating my life so that I *can* share what I’m passionate about with the people who mean anything to me.

    Blessings

    Starfire

  • Starfire,

    Thanks for your kind words.

    It wasn’t always like that for me, either. I have to make the time each and every day to appreciate how far I’ve come. It isn’t a simple pat on the back – it reminds me, as I seek to continually learn and grow, that I’m constantly eveolving even when i can’t see that in front of me.

    David

  • Heya David

    You’re very welcome. Hmmm… perhaps that’s something that’s part of everyone’s journey? Once we start off down the ‘personal development path’ (or however we personally might describe the decision to understand more about ourselves, and create the skills that will get us more of what we want and less of what we don’t)

    Perhaps, because so much of the change is internal, it’s hard to see it from the inside; which means that unless we either have it reflected back to us from someone ‘on the outside’, or we actively take time to reflect on it ourselves, it can end up being effectively invisible (at least to us)

    I know it can work that way for me, anyway. *Notes to self: start making more time for regular reflection!*

    Blessings, and thanks again

    Starfire

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