What Is Passion?

If you’re reading this, it’s likely because you’re starting to get the feeling that you need a little more passion in your life. Maybe you have some idea of where your passions lie, and you’re hoping to rekindle those fires. Maybe you have no idea where to begin finding passion. Regardless of where you are at in your passionate journey one thing is true; before we can begin to find passion, we need to understand exactly what it is. What is passion? The word itself brings to mind furious artistic intensity, incredibly hot sex, or world-saving heroics. How can any of us average folk live a life filled with passion?

What Is Passion?

What is passion, anyway?

Let’s start with the very basic definition of passion, courtesy of Merriam-Webster online:

: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something

: a strong feeling (such as anger) that causes you to act in a dangerous way

: a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone

 

For our own purposes, here’s how I like to define passion:

Passion is the fuel for the fire that burns inside each of us and drives us through our journey. Click To Tweet

That’s an even broader definition, isn’t it? I did that on purpose, you see. Each of us has great passion, and our passion often comes from multiple sources. For example, here’s a really quick list of the things that I am passionate about, in no particular order:

writing

my children

connecting people who can inspire each other and collaborate to make awesome happen

nurturing creativity

helping other people see how awesome they are

thrift store fashion

building an audience and entertaining them

my friends

cooking

libraries

See? There’s so many things, and I cut that list short in the interest of keeping this post down to a readable size!

Our passions are the things that help us get out of bed, even on the darkest mornings. Click To Tweet

When it’s that simple, it’s kind of hard not to think of yourself as a passionate person, right?

Still not convinced about how much passionate fuel you have? Why not take a crack at this worksheet? Go ahead, it’s free and fast. You can use it to make a list of everything and anything you might be passionate about. I’ll wait right here, or you can save it for a quiet moment later.

Passion doesn’t have to be tied to your career. Passion doesn’t have to live in your bedroom. Passion can be as simple as the delight you feel on a crisp autumn walk, or the thrill you get when the latest trailer for your favorite movie franchise is released. Passion is everywhere, and as soon as you learn how to look for it, you’ll see it in everything you do.

Once you realize how much passion lives within you, that spark catches quickly. Soon, everything you enjoy, all the ideas that occupy your thoughts, all those things you thought were just hobbies become infused with deeper meaning.

Are you ready to start to get intimate with your own passion? Let’s begin by looking at what makes you burn the brightest. This worksheet is fast, free and includes lovely doodles to color. Treat yourself to a thoughtful little time out to reflect on the things you are most passionate about.

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