Boo. Sad Face. I Don’t Have A Passion

“Great dancers aren’t great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.”

It’s not uncommon for someone not to have something they’re passionate about. In fact, the younger you are, the less likely you are to have something like this… something you could do 12 hours a day and not get bored (video games and tv don’t count!). There are a number of ways to figure out what you’re passionate about, though most of them aren’t really short term. In the meantime with TextFugu, though, you can just use things “you really, really like.” If you don’t have a “passion” in life yet, then this should work (almost) as well. That being said, though, here are some tips on finding something you can be passionate about in life. Totally unrelated to Japanese, but I wholeheartedly agree that if you don’t have something like this in your life, you’re missing out. Life isn’t that long, you know.

  1. Your “passion” doesn’t necessarily have to be something you’re good at. It doesn’t even have to be something you’ve done before. The main thing is that you love doing it. Once you find this thing, you’ll know. Love at first (or second… possibly third) sight.
  2. Try a lot of different things. They can (and maybe should) be totally random. There’s no shame in jumping from one thing to the next in order to find the thing you love. As soon as you’re doing something you love, it’ll click. Stick with it for a little while longer, and it could become your passion!
  3. In order to find a hidden passion that you didn’t know existed, think: What do I love doing in my spare time? What skills come naturally without much effort? What things energize you (versus drain your energy)? Are you an “expert” in anything? If you were shopping on Amazon, what section would you go to first? What do you value most in life? What do you want to achieve in this lifetime?

My main advice to you is that you shouldn’t rush it. Now, don’t confuse this with taking your time, because you shouldn’t do that either. Go out and live a bit. Try new things, and if you don’t like what you’re doing try something else. Savor each new moment, and you’re bound to narrow it down, and finally find what you’re passionate about.

If you don’t immediately know what your “passion” is, don’t give up. Keep thinking about it, and start trying new things to see what you like! Living a life without a “passion” is something nobody should have to do. Go out and live!

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