365 Days of Courage #41: Finding your passion can be a TALL ORDER

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This made me giggle. The full Facebook post from the most fabulous Liz Gilbert (which you can read on her website by clicking here) is:

“I am a big advocate for the pursuit of curiosity. You’ve maybe heard me talk about this before? We are constantly being told to pursue our passions in life, but there are times when passion is a TALL ORDER, and really hard to reach. In seasons of confusion, of loss, of boredom, of insecurity, of distraction, the idea of “passion” can feel completely inaccessible and impossible. In such times, you are lucky to be able to get your laundry done (that sometimes feels as high as you can aim) and when someone tells you to follow your passion, you want to give them the middle finger. (Go ahead and do it, by the way. But wait till their back is turned, out of civility.)

But curiosity, I have found, is always within reach.

Passion is a tower of flame, but curiosity is a tiny tap on the shoulder — a little whisper in the ear that says, “Hey, that’s kind of interesting…”

Passion is rare; curiosity is everyday.

Curiosity is therefore a lot easier to reach at at times than full-on passion — and the stakes are lower, easier to manage.

The trick is to just follow your small moments of curiosity. It doesn’t take a massive effort. Just turn your head an inch. Pause for a instant. Respond to what has caught your attention. Look into it a bit. Is there something there for you? A piece of information?

For me, a lifetime devoted to creativity is nothing but a scavenger hunt — where each successive clue is another tiny little hit of curiosity. Pick each one up, unfold it, see where it leads you next.

Small steps.

Keep doing that, and I promise you: The curiosity will eventually lead you to the passion.

And that’ll be the end of boredom.

ONWARD,LG”
— Liz Gilbert - a Facebook post from February 8, 2014

Passion can seem so very Mediterranean. It brings up images of Sophia Loren or Antonia Banderas. There’s an intensity to the word itself that can make the pursuit of it seem somewhat pointless. As a Brit, my arms start to fold just at the very whiff of talks of “passion”.

And, yet, I believe with every fiber of my being that each and everyone of us is drawn to certain things, places, people and experiences for no explicable reason. The things that light me up would do absolutely nothing for someone else.

So I do believe in the pursuit of those things that we find ourselves drawn to in life. I love Liz Gilbert’s advice to follow your curiosities. To consider it a scavenger hunt “where each successive clue is another tiny little hit of curiosity. Pick each one up, unfold it, see where it leads you next.”

Your curiosity doesn’t feel grand or out of reach or intense. I don’t feel like I need to have the aura of Penelope Cruz to go in pursuit of what I’m curious about. It feels do-able on a daily basis.

So if you know that you WANT to pursue your passion but it feels like a TALL ORDER, give yourself a break and think about what you're curious about instead.



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