Finding Your Passion
We work with LOTS of young adults (and older adults!) who struggle with finding their passion. They often present to therapy frustrated, unmotivated, bored, sad, fatigued, and having absolutely no clue what they want to do in their life. Often times there is societal and familial pressure to figure out exactly what you are doing for the rest of your life as soon as you finish high school or college. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as you may think. While many people are lucky enough to know exactly what they want to do, the reality is that most of us don't really have a damn clue. It takes experiences, research, and trial and error.
HERE ARE 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN TRYING TO FIND YOUR PASSION:
1. There might be numerous things that excite you and that is OK.
I am still finding things everyday that excite me. Both yoga and mental health are important to me and I am constantly brainstorming ways to share them both with the world. Sometimes things that once excited you don't anymore, and that is FINE. Let go of what you think you should enjoy and tap into what sets your soul on fire.
2. You have time to explore.
You are exactly where you need to be. It takes time to develop a passion for something. Invest your time in things that bring you joy. If something doesn't bring you joy anymore, start to consider how you can move on and grow from what you've learned.
3. What motivates you to get up in the morning (I am talking like 6 am, so tired but so motivated).
I know I am EXTREAMLY passionate about teaching yoga because I wake up excited to teach a 6 am class and I am in no way a morning person. What would make you excited...even if it means waking up early or staying up late for it. When you are energized by the thought of doing something, that is your passion.
4. What do you value?
What is important to you in this life. What do you want to do/see/experience/accomplish/obtain? Values are our deepest desires on how we want to behave as human beings. One of my values is connection, each and everyday I have the honor of connected with both students and clients.
5. Start DOING
Get out of your thinking mind and into your direct experience. Start trying new things. Read books on your potential interests. Talk to people about their passions. Go on adventures and learn. Nothing will get accomplished if you stay in your head. Remember that ACTION breeds RESULTS.
You have everything you need within you to make a beautiful life. Check out @ohmymindful on instagram for daily inspiration.
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Mariah is a mental health therapist in Salt Lake City specializing in anxiety and depression.