It’s Important to Find Things You’re Passionate About and do them.
During this ongoing pandemic, I’ve heard many people talking about how the restrictions have affected their lives.
Because it’s been 7 ½ months now since the first stay at home orders were issued, we are needing to arrange our lives in different ways.
Especially for the people who are in the higher risk categories with COVID-19.
For an example, my parents who are 90 and 88 with health issues, going about their life as it was, is not an option right now.
Their church community was a big part of what they are both passionate about.
Likewise, our big family is very important to my parents.
Luckily, they can attend church services each Sunday via Zoom.
Furthermore, my mom, Mary, has been passionate about singing, since she was a young girl. Up until the pandemic hit, Mom was singing in the church choir and going to choir practice each Wednesday.
She would go with my youngest sister Karen, giving them something they could both do together.
My dad Homer is a very social person, really the friendliest person I know.
For instance, daily walks in a Home Depot or elsewhere, talking with people, is something Dad can still do, wearing his mask.
One thing he enjoyed was his every Saturday Bible Study. He would pick other people up on his way. This he can no longer do.
So, due to the restrictions, Mom and Dad both need to find something more to do that they are passionate about.
As for myself, as I mentioned in another article, I am now back to Lifetime Fitness Monday-Friday.
I truly am passionate about working out and taking different classes.
Consequently, in this past month, I have found classes at three different Lifetime clubs, that I’m enjoying.
Because of COVID, most of the classes I used to take aren’t available anymore.
As I’m leaving the health club, I find myself smiling and feeling more energetic, alive and healthy.
I’m meeting new people as well. I’m a friendly person like Dad and need the regular interactions.
What are you passionate about? Are you doing whatever it is often?
Likewise, spending time with people you enjoy, helps you to feel passion and joy.
As I have told you before, I enjoy spending time with Hale and our 4 grandkids.
However, Mom and Dad aren’t spending as much time around people, as they were when they were at their summer home.
Their summer home is a place they could get out safely and walk, take golf cart rides, sit around a campfire with family and talk. Dad could go down to the dock and fish.
It’s up to each of us to find things we are passionate about and do them often.
Finally, you can feel your energy shift when you’re engaging in something, you’re passionate about.
Your mood lightens. Really, finding what you’re passionate about, is about doing things you love.
As for my Mom, she is an extremely fast reader. She can read a book that is over 300 pages in a few hours.
Dad enjoys reading as well and they both do word search or other mind games.
I also love when I’m there, Mom will often put on music, and we’re both singing!
5 Questions to Ask Yourself
Without putting too much pressure on your answers, think of how you would respond to the following questions:
What did you spend your free time doing when you were younger?
Think about what you were good at when you were in school? (Note: this does not have to be academic-related. Think about sports, clubs, theater, choir etc. you participated in too)
How about, what makes you curious? What are you always trying to learn more about?
Can you talk about a certain topic with enthusiasm? What do you already know a lot about without having to do any research? How about your hobbies?
What activities or tasks make you lose track of time when you’re doing them?
Volunteer work if you can still do that safely, is another thing that brings about passion.
Mom puts together things of need, to send to missions, their church supports. Including things she makes by hand.
Here’s to finding something you love and doing it often!
With love and blessings,
PS. Here’s a link to a great article to help you find what you may be passionate about: