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    The way you know you have passion is that you keep fighting even if you don't have a snowball's chance in hell because no matter what, as long as you have breath, you cannot help but champion your cause.

    What's being a bum got to do with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    How can you tell if something is worth enough the risk of serious adversity to fight through it all?
    Well, you don't know if it's worth it, but you feel it's the right thing to do. To step away would be to let alternate undesirable circumstances prevail.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    How did you realize you were passionate about something? Can you be a bum and still be passionate about something? How do you define it?
    It sets you on fire with energy and purpose, and a laser-sharp focus to get stuff done.
    "Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one."
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    other things become ugly.
    When people see some things as good,
    other things become bad."
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    Thanks for all the replies guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred
    What's being a bum got to do with it?
    Leading an unhappy life tends to wear down on you after a while (say, more than two decades). You begin to question whether you truly have potential, or if you are just too lazy to get anything done. I'm at a point where if you asked me what skills I have...I couldn't name one. I've never been good at any one thing that I can think off.


    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    It sets you on fire with energy and purpose, and a laser-sharp focus to get stuff done.
    What if doesn't lol? What if your energy is dependent on other aspects of your life where you can't find any satisfaction? (I'm a social person. duh I'm ENFP). And what if the social aspect brings you more happiness than your passion?



    Sorry for all the possibly dumb questions, I'm just having trouble thinking straight lately.

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    I know that I'm truly passionate about something when I can't imagine living without it. That makes mostly any risk (within reason) worth taking for me.

    Current examples:
    - My field of education
    - My love interest <3
    The probability that I was procrastinating when I was typing this post:

    P(have big assignment due) = 0.6
    P(posting on TypoC) = 0.2
    P(having big assignment due | posting on TypoC) = 0.7

    P(posting on TypoC | having big assignment due) = .......


    Eh, I'll finish it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cenomite View Post
    I know that I'm truly passionate about something when I can't imagine living without it.
    Even when they are things you've have still to live with at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    Even when they are things you've have still to live with at all?
    I don't get what you mean. (the wording).
    The probability that I was procrastinating when I was typing this post:

    P(have big assignment due) = 0.6
    P(posting on TypoC) = 0.2
    P(having big assignment due | posting on TypoC) = 0.7

    P(posting on TypoC | having big assignment due) = .......


    Eh, I'll finish it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cenomite View Post
    I don't get what you mean. (the wording).
    Did your comment only apply to things you already know you couldn't live without (because you've experience them before) or to things that you feel you must go after to be ok with your life 10 years down the road?

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    Definitely includes things that I feel I must go after for future-satisfaction. I usually look more to what I think/know I'll need in the future rather than what I need right now. I define my life by a select-few long-term goals.
    The probability that I was procrastinating when I was typing this post:

    P(have big assignment due) = 0.6
    P(posting on TypoC) = 0.2
    P(having big assignment due | posting on TypoC) = 0.7

    P(posting on TypoC | having big assignment due) = .......


    Eh, I'll finish it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    The way you know you have passion is that you keep fighting even if you don't have a snowball's chance in hell because no matter what, as long as you have breath, you cannot help but champion your cause.
    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    It sets you on fire with energy and purpose, and a laser-sharp focus to get stuff done.
    These. Hate to sound cliche, but you know it when you feel it.

    I'm my case I felt compelled to do something no matter how tired I was, no matter what was thrown at me, to find a way. Obstinacy, determination, single-minded focus, motivation, compulsion. It feels like you're a little bit out of control, but you wouldn't have it any other way. Once you learn how to channel it and not let it be some loose power line I think it brings clarity to your life and sureness in your own purpose.
    Relationships have normal ebbs and flows. They do not automatically get better and better when the participants learn more and more about each other. Instead, the participants have to work through the tensions of the relationship (the dialectic) while they learn and group themselves and a parties in a relationships. At times the relationships is very open and sharing. Other time, one or both parties to the relationship need their space, or have other concerns, and the relationship is less open. The theory posits that these cycles occur throughout the life of the relationship as the persons try to balance their needs for privacy and open relationship.
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    Ye know, I actually feel passionate for short periods of time (sexuality aside) - then dedication and work ethic take over. Some people specifically avoid doing what they're passionate about as a living because they don't want it ruined by becoming a job, something they have to do, with a deadline and all that jazz.

    But when I get into the thick of it and the work and time starts wearing me down, remembering that passion and why I love certain things it important, otherwise I lose momentum.

    Also, if I'm obsessed with something for years it's pretty easy to tell. I've wished to go into flight of various kinds and languages since I was in the single-digits of age.

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