We talk and hear so much about the importance of having passion. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about the importance of "finding your passion" when it comes to your career and life goals. Every one you talk to seems to either be "passionate" or wants to do something they "are passionate about."
But do we really understand, fully, what that means?
When you ask someone "what does that mean to you? To be passionate about something?", what answer do you get?
The answer I get almost always tends to be shared in a way that is focused only on the positive side of passion:
"I want to wake up every morning inspired and full of energy" or "I want to do something important and focused on something I care about"
To be fuelled by a cause great than myself.
All of these are great answers. Important reasons for finding passion in your life. But what about the suffering that comes along with being passionate about something? I'm not trying to be a Donnie-downer, I just think that to truly and fully understand anything, you need to look at it from difference angles.
The word itself - "passion"- means to endure; to suffer. Being passionate about that new idea, a cause, about someone else, will always involve a certain amount of pain and turmoil.
So as I think about what passion means to me, I find myself asking, "what am I willing to suffer for? Am I willing to suffer for the things or the people in my life that I am truly passionate about?" If not, maybe it's not passion. Maybe it's something else.
The people I've met along the way- the truly passionate ones - have always known this and taught it to others. They're the ones who take the lows with the highs. The ones that understand that to reach their big hairy crazy-ass goal(s), there's going to be a lot of pain involved - emotional, mental, and probably even a bit of physical.
The people who are the most inspiring and the ones who, I believe, are able to make the biggest difference in the world, are the ones who take the pain with the passion. They're the ones who are willing to go through the hurt for the hype. They're the people who accept all parts of living a passionate life.
Just a thought...
Matt Tod is an international speaker, leadership facilitator, writer and lover of all things Zombie-related.