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    Post Finding your passion

    I have heard almost everyday that to be happy in life you need to find your passion. I think this is a great idea but I find it really hard to find something to be truly passionate about. There are lots of things I find interesting or fun- but none to the extent that I could imagine doing them for more than a month or so. I know complaining and whining is not helpful and that is not what I am trying to do. I just can't imagine loving anything or anyone to spend the rest of my life doing it or spending time with them.

    Has anyone else felt this way?

    Or how did you find something to be truly passionate about?

    What are you passionate about?

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    Pick something and do it, if you only follow your passion you'll end up penniless and unhappy, if you find a passion, work toward it while doing other things.
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    I think it is just as possible to be passionate about something like "having fun" or "experiencing new things" as it is a vocation or purpose in life. I know what I love and wish to do/continue doing in my life, but part of the reason I chose to pursue these things are because of how they will add to my life and support one of the only constants I've ever known: my curiosity and love of learning.

    If ye can find a field of study or job that you like in general and which pays you enough to enjoy your life - have the hobbies you want to explore, adequate housing, stability, etc and so forth - I would say that is enough for many people. So many don't know what they "really" want to do until they've experienced enough to know the ones they don't, and passions can change after a few years (and often do).

    I found out what I was passionate about by the things which consistently fascinated me for years - languages, flight, foreign cultures, learning about any type of complex system (math, science, history, aforementioned languages... hell, pretty much everything).

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    I'm passionate about my friends really, after that books, absolute passion for books, old ones, new ones, collecting and reading, lots of topics but especially humanstic psychology and Jungian psychology, besides that a couple of good fantasy and sci fi authors come to mind. Besides that I dont know, I like coffee and would like to be a conniseur but I dont know enough about it, its not really a passion.

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    I can definitely understand being passionate about a person, I met someone once and if they'd taken me on as their protector and provider I would have been content until my dying day and wanted nothing more or other from life, I'd probably even have put her ahead of any children we'd have had and that's saying something since for cultural reasons I tend to think of the role of father and husband to involve putting children first above all things.

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    I am very passionate about my job. It all started when I was younger, I knew what I wanted to do. It grew from there, I seemed like I could not get enough. I guess I was lucky in that I knew right form the start what I wanted to do. I really don't have much input on how to find it, but if you want to talk to someone who loves their job talk to me lol.
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    I hate that word, passionate. Maybe because it reminds me of bored housewives who figured out that was an interesting way to describe themselves. "My husband is aweful in bed, so I need to use a dildo to satisfy my libido, I must be so passionate", that sort of thing. It could also because I hate the sound of the letter "p". It's such a prissy little letter, "p", it reminds me about the dumb kind of toddlers that they always use on tv when they need an adorable little toddler. Have you ever noticed they always use the dumbest looking and the most soulless toddlers on tv? Combine the prissy letter "p" with the fact that they use the words passion and passionate too many times in commercials for scented candles, you know, the ones where some skinny bitch is standing in a large field with her eyes closed, pretending that she's flying. Bitch, you know you can't fly! You're not a bird and you're not an airplane! What are you thinking?! So that's supposed to be a good way to sell a scented candle? Oh please! Passionate about the passion of the passion fruit, ewww!

    Excuse me for this, I was getting all off-topic on the word "passionate" and how it's all raped by commercials and stuff, so I'm getting back on-topic now. I can't say I have a passion. I just have goals I want to reach and when I reached those goals I'll see if I want to get into any of that crazy scented candle shit. Well, maybe I am passionate about something, I don't know, but in that case I'd use a prettier word for it. I don't know what word that, but I'll let you know when I found a suitable substitute. Probably something light, a word that bored housewifes won't use in their daily lives to describe their masturbation routines.
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    I've felt like this. Seems like all my life. I must admit, I'm the advocate of "find your passion" as well. How hypocritical, it seems so easy to tell that line to others, it seems so believable that it's easy to achieve if you really, really try hard. But I've never really felt passionate about anything in my life and it kind of makes me wonder if I'm even capable of feeling that to the extent some people are. I think I've felt glimpses of passion when I feel really involved with something I do (lately my line of work as a freelance translator), something that I can immerse myself in for a while. But it's definitely not a constant, don't even know whether to call it passion or mild obsession for a short period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indy View Post
    I have heard almost everyday that to be happy in life you need to find your passion. I think this is a great idea but I find it really hard to find something to be truly passionate about. There are lots of things I find interesting or fun- but none to the extent that I could imagine doing them for more than a month or so. I know complaining and whining is not helpful and that is not what I am trying to do. I just can't imagine loving anything or anyone to spend the rest of my life doing it or spending time with them.

    Has anyone else felt this way?

    Or how did you find something to be truly passionate about?

    What are you passionate about?

    I relate to what you're saying. I'm interested in alot of things but I don't think I could say I was particularly *passionate* about any of them. I don't really have hobbies that have stuck with me over a long period of time either. Oh well, maybe I'm more of a generalist than a specialist.
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    Ah, passion... Too fleeting, but I have found that a constant analysis on people is fun. I constantly have to find a new passion because I get bored WAY too quickly. Just kind of happens I guess. Usually a thought inspires me and then I become impassioned through that.

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