Find Your Passion

“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous

The quote above often sends a chill down my spine. I shudder to think that at the end of this life, and after all this struggle of blood, sweat, and tears, what if I’m not happy with the person I become. Maybe, it isn’t about just how hard I work or how much money I make. Perhaps, it’s about how much I love what I do; how passionate I am about it.
The importance of a passion project doesn't come from what the project is about. It could come from any area of interest or a field that one is naturally good at. It could either be a learning experience for some, or a showcase of talent & therefore, a source of self-esteem and accomplishment.
In today's times with the lives we lead, there are many reasons why a passion project becomes pivotal; however, we all struggle to find one. Here are a couple of indicators that can guide you towards finding one-

What keeps you going?

Find the one thing which helps you keep your sanity, even in times of extreme confusion and stress. What's the thing that brings out the best in you as a person? When do you feel the happiest or the most grateful for life?  For me, personally, it's music. Not only creating or playing tunes but even just listening and discovering the sea of lesser-known music. 

Follow your curiosities. 

Being curious makes you identify your less obvious interests and talents. It brings out topics wherein a latent interest lies, and this naturally provides the additional impetus to pursue the area. 

Experiment more.  

In order to understand where your passion lies, be open to trying new things. For instance, you come across a workshop on pottery and you have the time to attend it, go for it! It does not matter whether you know too little or nothing about it. Once you try it, you know for sure whether pottery interests you or not and you may accordingly pursue it. 

Don’t think. Do.
Don’t let fears or apprehensions overwhelm you. Thomas Jefferson once said: “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you”. Let nothing stop you from exploring your potential and interests.

Manage your time.

Take out time for yourself. Between work and maintaining relationships, both personal and professional, one tends to not be able to find the time. And this is probably the most common excuse we all have. Perhaps, create a system to define 1 hour in the day for you to just be by yourself, engaged in any constructive activity or maybe even just introspect. An idle mind of finding something interesting!

Recount your childhood, your life and try to recollect the things you wanted to be, the habits that are naturally ingrained in you, the games you liked to play and the books you spent hours reading. See how they may apply to your life and career today, you might be surprised by the connection points that have been right under your nose all along.

Last week, I met a 20-year-old who works for an animal shelter part-time, and he told me that being around dogs and taking care of the unfortunate ones is when he's the happiest. He genuinely had the nicest smile, perhaps it was because he is constantly doing the things that make him happy. If only we could all find that smile and happiness every day. 

About the author:
This article has been written by Dhruv Prakash, a student from PGP Co '19