I say whoever is following the idea that play is just for kids is missing out on copious joy. I think it’s absolutely bogus and has now translated into an involuntary way of life for many people. Buddy, it’s totally possible to live and enjoy many ‘lives’ and not just chase that one passion…forever…and ever.
I’m convinced that we won’t all find one thing that we are passionate about, the one thing that will not only give us satiety in our careers but our personal lives as well. Yes, there are many (actually a very small percentage) but anyway yeah, there are people who can’t imagine anything else but just criminal justice, just medicine, just art, just sport etc. but don’t you find the possibility of living a life composed of all or a couple of these areas somewhat more exciting than one life? one passion? I do.
Don’t get this confused with being lost, it’s a choice and a lifestyle that you have to be happy and confident with. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy because it all boils down to drum roll….MONEEYYY!!…and time. How can I study one thing, work in it, stop it and study another? Well, I truly believe that where there’s a will there’s a way.
Before I give my pointers on how to start doing this, I urge you to give it a little bit of thought and you’ll soon find that there are people who are actually living micro-lives, sometimes intentionally and other times by chance. We all know the guy who studied engineering but ends up in admin and later in finance and is a part-time triathlete . What we don’t realize is that THAT is also a way of life through which we can get the same joy that others get in their ‘macropassions’ – totally made that word up.
In any case, here’s the trick. The trick is to be open…
- SIT and write down the various things you want to dabble in or
- Accept the exciting opportunities that you didn’t plan as they come
- Your passion does not have to be a career-path
- Find a way to have all/some passions complement each other and,
- Remember, ALL passions need work.
Sit down and write the various things you want to dabble in
- As one of my favourite bloggers, Mark Manson said, as adults we tend to overanalyze everything. Constantly evaluating the return of investment of even the things we enjoy! You’ve got to STOP this. As a kid, you literally took on a task as you pleased. There was never a cost-benefit analysis of playing in the mud. We need to continue to adopt the principle of this mindset. Make sure it’s not just an interest, if it feels good and makes your heart beat faster when you think about it, then jot it down!
Accept exciting opportunities as they come your way
- Why don’t you listen to that random dude (or dudette) sitting next to you who starts talking about something completely unrelated to what you think you are meant to do or be. Be present and start being receptive to everything and anything. If it tickles your fancy, give it some thought and a chance. I mean, be smart, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and whether you can actually give it a go. Chances are, if you like it that much and you are willing, you are capable.
Don’t get caught up with the idea that your passion has to be a career-path
- Not every passion is going to make you money. Yeah, I know, we’ve all gotta eat. Thing is, life isn’t all easy peasy. You may find that what you do to make money is just that – what you do to make money. However this doesn’t have to take up your entire life. Your passion(s) can be something that makes you a bit of money or not even any money. The point is to make time and do something you enjoy!
Create a multidimensional yet complementary selection
- I understand that this may feel somewhat overwhelming, but consider this, the multiple passions you pursue don’t have to be completely disparate. You can create a multidimensional yet complimentary selection so as to hone in some level of focus. You can choose a medium with which to explore your various passions, as a filmmaker you can produce work in various subjects of interest. An overarching theme could be music, which could divert into playing music, writing about music, and selling music. A widely used example is Def Jam founder, Russell Simmons, who had a passion for hip hop culture and used various formats of expression; starting a record label, poetry, a clothing line, and public speaking to name a few.
Put in the effort!
- You also have to strike some kind of balance. Some can be pursued simultaneously whilst others can only be tackled one at a time. When one plateaus, you begin on the next. When you find that you’ve won in one, then start on another. Most importantly, nothing will happen without your effort. If you really want it, you’ve got to put in the work. You’ve got to make the time, invest the money and keep your commitment.
My spontaneity and openness to experience has so far led me through a heck of an experience that I do not regret – Psychology – Media – Fashion & Business with travel in between. Point is, you can do it too. Don’t be scared for not having followed one paradigm. It doesn’t make you a jack-of-all-trades, because done right, these experiences can allow creativity, personal and financial fulfillment, and will most certainly amount to something even greater in the future 🙂
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
Fear not. Let’s Play!