― Nicholas Sparks, Dear John
I am a very large advocate of following ones passion. But what happens if you don’t know what your passion is? Or what if you know what it is, but have no idea how to more fully integrate it in your life? One of my biggest goals is to one day get paid to live my passions. But this is such a grand goal, and it will take time to for it to come to fruition. So in the meantime, I have tried to incorporate, what I like to call, “Passionate Side-Quests.”
The idea is that you cling to something that you know you enjoy, and either do it more often, or try to get a job doing it. I find it useful that this goes over and above your normal day to day job. This means your days will be more fulfilled and/or you will make a little extra money, whilst also following a path of passion that may one day integrate fully into your life. So for example:
1. I am an avid coffee lover and have been since I was 18 years old. So this year when the opportunity came up to do some work as a barrister for a new upcoming cafe in my local area, I jumped at it. I work every sunday and this gives me great pleasure whilst making some extra cash for the week. I get to drink all the coffee I want during my shift, and I have learnt a new skill. It has deepened my enjoyment of coffee and thus expanded one of my small passions.
2. Another example for me is music. I have loved hip-hop and rap for a very long time. A few years ago, I had the crazy idea to try and write my own rap song. The idea had never occurred to me before. So I sat down and began writing lyrics. This ended up developing into a beloved hobby that not only deepened my love for rap music, but also greatly developed my writing skills. I don’t get paid to do it, but it is one of my favorite Passionate Side-Quests, and is a major influence on my ability to write this blog.
3. Writing this blog is the newest and biggest Passionate Side-Quest that I am involved in. I have been heavily immersed in self-study for 3 years now, and very much want to be a teacher in areas of passion, health, minimalism etc. Again an un-paid project that may pave the way into something larger. However it turns out, it is a great tool for clarifying my own thoughts on various topics and I enjoy it immensely.
All these things have come about since I decided to follow my passion in any way I could possibly find. Simple things such as going to the gym everyday is a Passionate Side-Quest that I have been following for 4-5 years now and it has taught me too much to even explain. Following passion doesn’t need to be hard. We all know of something in our lives that we would like to do more often. Or something that we would love to learn more about. It just comes down to a commitment to explore these things. From my experience, the more you follow your little passions, the more they start to pop up. I am now just beginning to have small ideas on how I can integrate my passions as a full time experience. When it happens, you will be hearing about it 🙂
So what Passionate Side-Quests do you involve yourself in? Have any of them expanded to provide a small income? I would love to hear about what you love!!