Peculiar Perceptions of Passion

Apologies my friends, I have been swamped with work for the past couple of weeks so haven’t had the chance to write/post anything. But what I’m about to present to you here is a piece I’ve been meaning to write for a few weeks now. Here goes –

I feel that I’ve known this for many years now. Although, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that it finally hit me. I was sitting in a cozy coffee shop with a friend; sipping on a refreshing iced caramel latté, nibbling on a square of gooey brownie, indulging in choice philosophical discussions.

It appears that I never truly understand my muddled thoughts until I speak them verbally, or write them down. I think the same goes for most of us. We all have these profound insights trapped within our heads, swirling in an endless vortex (along with a whole bunch of empty fluff). A lot of the time, all we really need is the right catalyst to bring them to surface. So as a side note, I highly recommend taking part in some mentally stimulating discussions every once in a while. Life can get fairly boring without a little epiphany here and there. And my god, it’s so humbling, the observations you come up with.

The philosophical topic of discussion of that moment was success, happiness, passion, and their correlation with one another. If you listen to most motivational speakers, they will say something along the lines of – if you follow your passions, you will excel in what you do and will be happy doing it. But is that not limiting? I mean, there are so many obstacles in life that one must ideally excel at. Would they fail if they were not passionate about what these obstacles entail? Would they not be truly happy? The ideology made sense, but it was not at all satisfying. And then it hit me.

I knew someone that defied this belief (and in all honesty, the only reason I’m not revealing who they are is because I feel a bit shy even writing about this). But my goodness, in the many, many years that I’ve known them, I have seen them excel at every single thing they ever dared to put their fingertips on. Everything they did, they did with complete zeal and the results were always exceptional. I knew their secret. They’ve told me hundreds of times. Whatever you do, do it whole heartedly. Or don’t bother doing it at all. So ladies and gentlemen, I would like to leave you with just one final thought:

Maybe it’s not doing what you’re passionate about, but finding passion in what you’re doing.


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