Life Meaning: Finding Your Passion

“How do you find your passion when you’re in transition or ready to make one?”

Good question. It was directed to a panel of very successful female business leaders at a Puget Sound Business Journal breakfast, entitled, “Women Who Lead: Stories of Success” that  I attended this morning. The person asking was looking for Direction. Ideas. Help.  I’ve been there myself. When you are ready to make a transition, you face dealing with that that pesky thing called “Passion.”  Where the heck to you find it when you feel clueless about where to look?  Doesn’t everybody need to follow their passion when taking their next step?

I had a overwhelming desire to jump up, wave my arms around and shout out an answer. However, I stayed in place and waited. Because this was not my time to answer. Surely the four women would offer good advice.

No disappointment in the answers. They each talked about their passions and what gave their individual lives meaning. They all live big lives based on capital “P” type of passions. I admire all of them and feel pride for what they have accomplished. Not only do they follow their passions, but they give back and make our community a better place to live. Somehow they’ve all dealt successfully with figuring out what they are passionate about.

The initial question about how to go about finding your passion  lingered in my mind. I still wanted to answer it. I feel passionate myself about guiding others through the process of looking for it. Not everyone can relate to the  capital “P” type of passion. All our lives are meaningful; some are just less public than others.  Sometimes we can just stay in our seats, write a blog post and be just as impactful as people who speak at events.

So the answer to the question about how you find your passion wherever you are in life’s journey, is pretty simple. Just quit looking for it. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Stay engaged in your daily life.
  • Always be curious and interested in what’s going on around you.
  • Be mindful of today and live in the present moment.

Stop trying so hard to find that elusive passion and let it come to you. But don’t check out and be idle; start by doing something you are interested in and see where that takes you. Maybe you’ll find your passion; maybe you won’t.  Keep at it.

In the end, what gives your life meaning is the journey to discover what you are passionate about.  Chill out and enjoy the process.

People of all ages struggle to live a more meaningful life, but the struggle to identify a meaningful retirement is very real. Working with a certified retirement coach can help you frame what’s important to you and how to work towards it in order to find a meaningful life in retirement. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your journey and how we can help.

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  • Carla

    Great post, Deborah! I definitely need the reminder to live in the moment and let my Passion with a capital “P” find me. Words to live by!

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