Everybody has something they’re passionate about—even if you think you don’t have one.

Chances are, you forgot about your passion because you were just constantly exposed to a system that rewards people who follow the same “work to live” code of life. 

We all know that, deep down, there’s just something that excites us more than anything in the world; but well, the world doesn’t always make it easy for us to turn it into a profitable activity to put food in our stomachs and a roof over our heads. 

And so, we try to push it away and do what the regular people do—until we actually forget about it. 

Right now, you might be reading this because you’re unhappy and you don’t know what to do with your life. First of all, there’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed about, from time to time, everybody asks the same question. 

The only difference is, some people immediately turn to their passions and suddenly the world is sparkling and bright again. But what about you, who’s still unsure of what he or she is passionate about? 

In this blog, we’re going to talk about how to figure out your passion and actually make your world sparkly and bright. Fair warning: it’s not going to be an overnight thing so keep your mind open and you’ll see everything unfold quite merrily. 

Ask the Important Question

What makes you inexplicably happy? 

The question might seem simple, but we assure you that it’s going to be pretty hard to answer, especially if you’ve done the same routine for years on end. 

You might answer with a hobby that you look forward to every evening or weekend. Perhaps, there’s an activity that you’ve been postponing because it’s not a priority. Or maybe there’s a skill that you’ve been meaning to learn because you know that’ll make you feel accomplished. 

Scavenge through your deepest thoughts and write down as many as you can—whether it’s on a piece of paper or your phone’s notepad.

Rate Your Answers

You might be feeling overwhelmed because you might have written down too many or too few things that made you happy. It doesn’t matter if you have 5 or 50, you will eventually narrow it down through this step. 

Look at all the answers you’ve listed down and rate each from 1 to 5—even 10—on how much they make you happy or satisfied. Surely, this will be easier because you get to rate it based on your own feelings. 

After you’ve rated each, arrange them according to their ratings. Don’t worry if several activities have the same rating, just group those together.

Make Sure It’s Fool-Proof

A lot of people tend to go after what they thought was their passion only to find out that it doesn’t actually make them happy—or even satisfied. Many people are actually quick to abandon their so-called passions because it just got too hard and annoying.

What we want you to discover is something that, even if it gets unbearably hard, you still wouldn’t abandon and forget all about it. That you’d find meaning in hardship and struggle because after all, this is what lights up the first in your heart and turns on the light at the end of the tunnel. 

So, among the highest rated things you’ve listed down, decide on which one or two things gives you that fool-proof feeling and subject it to the following questions. These questions will solidify your claim:

  • Is it something you can do long-term?
  • Is it something you can feasibly do with all the resources that you have? 
  • If not, is there a way to maintain or fund this passion? 
  • If push comes to shove, will you not regret dropping everything you have to pursue this passion? 

If your answer is yes to all the questions, then congratulations! That’s your passion right there. If you’ve hesitated, then you might want to really get down to business and think about it for a few days. 

After all, you’ve already come this far and it’s not going to make a difference if you take some more time for yourself. 

Go try it out. 

Of course, you wouldn’t be able to claim that it’s your passion if you don’t take it out for a test run first. To cement your claim, muster up the courage to try your new-found passion out. 

For some, this might mean going all out and just enjoying what they have found. For others, this could be Baby Step #1. 

Don’t feel pressured and just do everything at your own pace—it’s your passion after all. 

Takeaway

The steps you have to take to find out your true passion may come off as a lot of work, but trust the process because it will reward you. Take as much time as you need as you go through each step. Be as truthful as you can because only you can tell whether it’s going to light up all the fires inside your heart. 

Once you’ve uncovered what your true passion is, the world might just seem a little bit brighter and sparkly.