Passion pulls at our innermost beings. Old or young, it’s always been there and will always be there. In its own unique shape, it resides undetected until one begins searching for it. It’s not one of those treasures easily stumbled upon; it’s one that requires a perilous journey in order to get a glimpse of it, and an even harder one to keep the passion burning brightly. But the results of well maintained, productive passion is often something bigger than what every day thinking could accomplish. Passion accomplishes the impossible.
But no two passions ever look the same. Just like diamonds, we may find some so similar that they are almost identical, but there will always be that slight bit of difference making it unique. So, how do we find our own special passions? Where do we start mining in hope of finding a diamond meant for us? Well, that’s a journey that I’d love to take you on.
The first place we should go is the little town called Trying New Things. Now, I’ve heard tale that the locals here can be a bit scary, and not all of them are likable, but don’t be timid or shy about journeying here. They have so many different things that could be helpful on our journey that we would have never thought about had we not visited this charming town. In fact, Trying New Things magically opens the door to Opportunities.
Opportunities is not necessarily a place in which we must go, nor is it a necessity to our journey; it’s more of a supply house if you will, a bonus boost of energy. Opportunities can grant us anything from meeting a person who can tell us more about the treasure, to allowing us passage through a shortcut, or even giving us something special in which we can carry with us on our journey. But regardless of what we choose to take from Opportunities, a small token of Experience will be given to us.
Experience is our currency, used to open different doors that may block our path or possibly lead to side-roads. Different doors require different amounts of Experience so we need to be sure to stock up on this as much as we can, going back to Opportunities whenever we need to. Just like “XPs” in a video game, every time we open a door with Experience, we will be rewarded with some Knowledge.
Knowledge is very similar to Experience, but its differences needs to be noted, less it be used in the wrong way. With every door opened by Experience, Knowledge is gained by understanding which doors need to be opened and progressed through as well as knowing which ones need to be avoided. Not all paths taken will lead us to our passions, in fact some will be completely miserable to certain people. Some paths may even take some of us in a big circle and right back to where we started, in Trying New Things. When this happens, it isn’t always a bad thing, we just have to be sure to keep the knowledge gained from that wrong turn and keep searching.
One of the questions I always asked myself while I was searching for my passion was “how do I know it’s my passion when I see it?”. I would imagine a certain feeling or desire that would tell me “this is it!”. But from my experience, I can confidently say that when you know, you just know. If we become consumed with wondering “how will I know?” then it’ll zoom right past us.
My advice is never stop visiting that quaint little town of Trying New Things. It not only gives us opportunities, experience, and knowledge, but it also keeps us from getting discouraged. As I said earlier, the journey to finding passion can be a long, perilous one and discouragement comes easily. Just keep at it and never, ever, give up.
Rayleigh Gray – Column: Tap into Your Potential
Rayleigh is a graduate from Home-School anxious to begin her exciting journey through life. Pursuing a career in Literary Agency and Editorial related jobs, she is an English buff always on the lookout for ways to point her writing back to her Creator. Join her on her journey by reading her blog (AccelerateTheJesusMovement) or following the books she reviews on her website (LiteratureApproved).