Expressing Your Passion, Why It’s Important!

a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders of grandparentslink

Now more than ever, we have all spent more time at home. What we want to know is: are you making the most of that time? Are you utilizing the privacy of your own home to do things that make you happy? For us here at grandparentslink.com, we have been experimenting with new recipes and becoming more creative in the test kitchens, even exploring new hobbies such as painting surfboards.  In doing so, we’ve been teaching our Grandchildren new cookie recipes and sharing healthy treat creations while on Zoom or FaceTime calls…. which isn’t all that bad! (Mom and Dad are stuck with the clean-up on the other end. Ha!) Experimenting and exploring our passion for food and discovering new hobbies has created a calming sense of normalcy for us during these trying times of the past year. 

If you are looking for some help or motivation on figuring out what your “passion” is, take a look at the suggestions below.Perhaps these four simple questions will help to ignite that passionate part of your being. And remember, whatever makes you HAPPY…is your passion! Take the time and do something for yourself – you will feel fuller, richer, and even more well-rounded as an individual.  Here’s a couple of things to consider:* 

1.What makes you forget to eat or go to the bathroom all day (ha!)? In other words, what do you get so lost in that you lose track of time?

Often, the answer to this question comes in the form of a hobby or activity, or an interest that occupies your time.  It doesn’t have to be something you are currently doing; it can be something you did in a previous job or before you had kids. Think about something you could do for hours, that when you look at the clock, you can’t believe how much time has passed. 

2. What can you talk about for hours, and when you talk about it, you light up?

The answer to this question is a huge hint about what excites us. We often think about our passions as “what wakes us up in the morning,” but we like to think about passion as what wakes up our souls. This could be something you like to teach others, a topic you enjoy debating, or something you continuously research or read about.

3. What did you love to do as a child?

This is one of our favorite questions because the answers are so surprising and so different for everyone. We’ve all experienced our childhood differently, so we all collect different knowledge and meaning from it. Regardless of how we feel about our overall childhood, there is something we can take away from it. Think about how you played as a child. Another way to look at this question is to think about how your childhood self would view your adult self.

4. If you could be remembered for three things after you pass on, what would they be?

It can be difficult to narrow down our responses to just three things. Many of us want to be remembered as a caring friend, a devoted parent, or a compassionate giver. If we give ourselves the space to think deeper, we can think about what kind of legacy we want to leave behind. Beyond the family-and-friend bullet points, think about what you will do for the world. What will be your mark on life? What is your footprint?

 

*Portions of article sourced  from: https://jessicadw.com/blog/find-your-passion