For most people living a life they feel passionate about is something they aspire to but tend to put off until later. Many of us feel burdened by our day-to-day lives and long for more meaning, enjoyment and excitement. Sometimes this can feel like an impossible task, or something to be enjoyed “when…” — “when the kids grow up”, “when I get a new job”, “when I have more money”… the list goes on.
But it doesn’t have to feel like this. Passion can come in small doses and sometimes all you need to feel like you are living a more engaged and fulfilled life is to add moments of passion to your daily life.
1. Understand what you feel passionate about
One of the first things to consider when looking at living a life with more passion and enjoyment is to actually understand what it is that you find enjoyable. While this may sound obvious, so many people struggle to know what they feel truly passionate about.
I am a big believer in making lists. I challenge you to write down all the things you enjoy, or would like to do one day. This may sound simple but I want you to make this list without censoring yourself. Would you like to travel to the Moon? Write it down! How about living by the sea? Write it down! Sometimes a passion can seem too big to achieve, but writing it all down helps you see what your interests are. You don’t have to travel to the Moon in order to learn more about it. Watch a documentary. Read a book. Chat to someone about it. There are many ways to pursue a passion.
2. Make small pockets of time to pursue your passion
It can feel like life is too full already, and you just couldn’t possibly fit more into your day. But could you find five or ten minutes? Even spending a short amount of time doing something you love can give you a boost. If you can spend five minute every day doing this you’re already spending more time on it than you are currently, but more importantly you’re also creating the intention and habit to incorporate more passion into your life.
3. Make it easy to start
Is your passion a bit complicated or messy? If you have to spending ten minutes setting up and packing up each time you wish to pursue your passion you’re going to add a deterrent to just starting. Maybe you find a corner where you can make as much mess as you need to or you can leave something set up, ready for next time. Find ways to cut out the reasons not to follow your passions.
4. Spending time on yourself is not selfish
Many people feel that spending time pursuing their own interests is selfish. We are hard-wired as social creatures and many of us give so much of ourselves that there feels little left over. However, aside from all the other benefits of feeling passionate and inspired, a lovely side effect of spending time on ourselves is we feel happier, more fulfilled and rejuvenated and can actually be a stronger, calmer version of ourselves who has more left to give others.
5. The time is now
There really is no time like the present. I don’t just mean this is a motivational sense but in that all we truly have is the present moment. We can’t do something in the past or the future — only now. Understanding and living this is really liberating. We can’t always do what we want all the time, but if we commit to no longer delaying our passion then we can start living happier today.
Thanks for reading! I’m a life coach whose passion in life is to help others discover and live a life of purpose, passion and fun. I work with a wide variety of people to help them to create positive changes and shape the way they live their lives. If this sounds interesting, contact me to find out more, or spend some time on this site.