Discovering your passion is essential to living a joy-filled life. Even more thrilling is being able to make a living at whatever makes you sizzle. I applaud people who have been able to achieve this.
I can only assume that among them is my favorite ballroom dance instructor, and the jet boat captain of a river tour that I recently enjoyed. In both cases, it is obvious they are doing what they love to do, and people are paying them to do it! Hooray for them!
As for me, I am not quite there yet. My full-time job that pays the bills is enjoyable and challenging, but it is not exactly my passion. I am still in the stage of needing to pursue my passion on the side, without receiving an income from it that is sufficient to support myself. As a result, I use my lunch hour, and my evenings and weekends to do what I most love to do, which is to write. Hopefully it will become a bona fide career for me at some point, but even if it doesn’t, it still gives me joy!
It takes some people a long time to figure out their purpose and passion in life, and for a few it may not become clear until retirement. Yet, it is never too late to discover what you most want to do, and then to go out there and do it! Even if you don’t receive any compensation for your labors aside from the joy of serving in a volunteer capacity, it can still be a rewarding gig. In fact, it may be even more rewarding, since many people believe that the roots of happiness grow deepest in the soil of service.
It is so easy to go through life doing only what it takes to survive – to make sure there is a roof over your head, food in your belly, and clothes on your back. I admit there have been times in my life when I didn’t have the time or energy for much more than mere existence, but those times were also sad times. The seasons in my life when I have felt the most joyful, the most alive, the most energized, and the most hopeful and excited about my future, are those seasons when I have somehow figured out a way to do the things that give me joy.
Along with writing, dancing is also very high on my joy list. Nothing compares to twirling around on the dance floor, and I love it so much that I don’t care if I ever get paid to do it! In fact, I have no problem paying others for the privilege of dancing, and I fully expect to do so for the rest of my life, for as long as my legs will carry me. It is an investment in my happiness that will fuel me through the remainder of my days, putting a smile on my face, a spring in my step, and a twinkle in my eye!!
What is your passion? Where is your sizzle? The secret to life is found in the answer to that question!