Three years ago this month, I was planning to quit my field sales job and begin looking for my “passion” and my “dream job.” I have always enjoyed sales, but something was missing in my life and I wasn’t “blissfully happy.” Of course, what happened instead was quite life-changing, has been documented in this blog. And in the midst of taking care of Jack, and divorcing LK, I have been too busy to actually work on finding my passion.
Our society is very concerned with finding your passion, or bliss and working at the job that was meant for you, and makes your life full. So, what happens if you haven’t found it? Well, you are miserable and stuck in a job you hate and wondering why, oh why, can’t you figure out what your passion is? It’s a lonely and sad place to be. Especially when you see all the beautiful people on television living their own personal dreams.
I have been trying to figure out my passion for so long that it’s become comical at this point. And the sad thing is that I may have finally realized that my passion is to love and raise children, but since I married a man who didn’t want children, I have just the one, and now I don’t have the option to stay home with him. In any case, the search continues.
While I was in therapy, I frequently asked my therapist what the hell my passion was. I figured that she was listening to me for an hour a week, and had great insights, surely if she was paying attention, she knew what it was? But either she didn’t know, or she wasn’t telling. I would have to do that hard work on my own.
So then, I asked a friend, who is a business coach, and while she was able to tell me what she saw me get excited about, it wasn’t an actual declaration of what my passion was, and there was no path for my future to be had. But she did give me a list of questions to work through that would cause me to consider what it was that made me happy or fulfilled or excited. And as I have been working through them, I am realizing that I don’t know what makes me feel that way. Except for caring for Jack. And as good as I am at that role, there is no one offering to pay me for it. Yet.
I did consider a nursing career while I was in the trenches of the hospital and caring for Jack while he was very sick. I decided that I only really wanted to care for Jack, and although I would love to take care of other babies, the pain of losing any (which does happen, as I came to find out while at Children’s Healthcare) was more than my tender heart could bear.
So I am going to return to the quest to find my passion for a while. I am going to really “sit with myself and feel my emotions” and reflect and question and consider what may help me find the path to my passion. I do realize that my passion may actually be Jack, and not some job or career that will allow me to support him. So, perhaps a paying job that does not fulfill all my dreams, and even makes me less than blissful, is still in the cards. But maybe I will find some passion that I can convert into an income. I am very hopeful.
As with all of my projects, I began my research with Google. If you Google “how do I find my passion” you will get over 62 million results (in under .13 seconds) with a myriad of techniques and exercises to help you find said passion. I am going to try three in the next few days:
1: Self Reflective questions that ask what in my life has been exciting, when have I felt fulfilled, when I felt trapped or unhappy, etc.
2: A Dream Board: This is a collage that includes pictures and words that I respond to in some way, or represent the way I want my life to look, or feel, or be like at some point. I am instructed to flip through magazines and cut out any picture or word that I am drawn to, even if I don’t understand it at the time. I am getting less and less “engineer-y” and more and more “artsy fartsy” lately and the old me would have scoffed at this “go with your feelings” nonsense, but I am really looking forward to this one.
3: A Core Values List: This is something that I did when I went through a Franklin Covey course and really helped me focus my abilities and goals in my sales job. I am hopeful that if I complete this exercise while considering my personal life, it will be similarly successful.
So, there you have it. The quest for my passion has begun. You’ll notice that “find a man” is not on the list as yet. I am getting closer to being ready to try to date again, but I’m not there yet. I don’t think I have the energy to find someone and make sure he’s feeling good about himself and feels loved until I’ve done the same for myself. I am going to find my passion, and then if a man fits into the plan, I’ll look for him at that time. For now, it’s about me and Jack and our future.
And I’m really hope my passion involves living at a beach house…