My last post was all about tackling the biggest question that we all face at some point in our lives – what is the meaning of life?
We explored the idea that the things that you give significance to in your life are what ultimately shape your personal, intrinsic meaning.
If you haven’t read it yet, I would encourage you to take the five minutes or so to read it, as I will be referring to it in this post. This post will still make sense if you don’t have time to read that post first, but you won’t have the reference point of why it is so important to know what you are passionate about.
So what are you passionate about?
For me, it is writing these posts to share with you. My passion is hitting the “publish” button and watching the views and likes pile up. I am passionate about getting comments from you telling me how my post helped you in some way. I get a kick out of making a difference and seeing TruthInjected’s audience numbers grow.
So I’m not referring to what you do because you have to. Not the things that you do to meet unwanted obligations. Not (necessarily) your job.
What would you do all day if you didn’t have any of the above to occupy your time?
After you’ve gotten bored of eating pizza and playing video games all day, what would you do?
Whatever that “something” is – that’s your passion.
Now, that can all seem like a nice fuzzy idea, but we don’t all have the opportunity to do that, right?
I sure as hell don’t.
Life can seem like it just sort of gets in the way.
That’s why it has taken almost a month for me to write this follow-up post. Life gets in the way, between work deadlines, people breaking into my car, needing to get said car repaired, etc. These things all take time away from pursuing my passion.
But passion doesn’t die just because we get distracted by other things.
Why do you think so many men (and some women), suddenly get a second-wind in their 40’s, in the form of a mid-life crisis, and they create that business making craft beer that they always wanted to make?
Even deadening their own awareness to their passion over the past 20 years while they raised a family and paid a mortgage is not enough to kill off a passion.
And youth is often a good place to look for your passion. I know that my blog attracts a wide demographic of readers, so if you are in your 40’s or 50’s, what is it that you did when you were in your teens and 20’s that you enjoyed, or dreamed of doing?
If you don’t find anything there, or if you are a teen or in your 20’s and you want to start looking for your passion, what is it that you enjoyed when you were a child that might be rekindled?
Sure, a Tonka sandpit empire might not be a viable vision to secure funding from the bank, but why did you play with trucks? Did you always dream of driving trucks, but you were told by parents and teachers (often with their own best intentions) that you should pursue something else?
Do you still like trucks?
Maybe now is the time to start a career in trucking.
Meditate on it.
The next question is how to make it happen.
But here’s the thing: you don’t need a 50-page business plan written out tomorrow and an incorporated company formed by the end of the week.
I understand the compulsion to make it happen as soon as possible. That’s a very good sign. The fact that you feel urgency about it suggests that you have struck a rich vein of passion. Nurture it and explore it, but don’t plan what the final result will look like too much yet.
Because you probably won’t know what it will look like.
I first became passionate about helping other people and sharing my own ideas on philosophy and social issues when I started watching indirect mentors on YouTube.
I loved the idea of sharing my ideas and helping others with millions of people over the Internet… but I hated the idea of being on camera.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized by my natural affinity for writing was a perfect substitute for standing in front of a camera. I could still follow the theme that I am passionate about, while taking a different approach to those who I thought, at the time, I was going to try to emulate.
To use the example from earlier, you might even find that having a trucking business, or driving rigs for another company doesn’t interest you, despite your passion for trucks. But you might have experience and contacts in a quarry, that lead to you developing a new industry-wide technology that improves the safety of quarry trucks.
Who knows? There are a massive number of possibilities even within that above example that it is important not to limit yourself too soon.
So, you know what your passion is, and you are on the road to making it happen. How do you deal with the daily grind of the things that you need to do while you build your passion in the periphery?
I use something that I call “passion by proxy”.
I don’t want to go and sit in a cubicle all day while a boss gets grumpy. As you probably know from my previous posts, I’m not exactly passionate about the idea of working for someone until the fire in my belly fizzles out, and I find myself living in a soup of apathy and missed opportunity.
But, the bills still need to be paid. I need that income to support myself so that I can follow my passion of writing these articles. I am not naturally passionate about my job, but I understand how it fits into the picture of enabling me do what does matter to me.
That makes me more passionate about my job – it is fuel for my calling.
So use the above ideas to rediscover what it is that you are truly passionate about, follow it with determination, and above all, enjoy it.
Your life is guaranteed to be trucking meaningful.