My discussions today about the value of passion in your life made me question where it comes from, how it develops and the importance of it in your life. I know I have always been a person with passions. I knew it as a child when I was driven to tears of frustration when I was misunderstood. I understood even then how it drove me to love so many things in life. I had no control over it then and the power of it turned my brain inside out as I battled to understand it.
As an adult I understand it to some extent, but as I mentioned earlier, I know not where it comes from or how it develops. I just know what passions I have had all my life and where that has led me to today.
I am passionate about creativity in all its forms and about human rights. I am passionate about education and have been fortunate to have found my way into education as a career. I have relished my time as a teacher and now devote my time to mentoring in a volunteering capacity – currently in Nairobi, working in the slums.
As a mentor to young people I tell them to follow their dreams and find their passion. If they achieve this then work will be a dream rather than a chore. But is this good advice in a society where unemployment is high and just to have a job means surviving in this environment will be easier?
Yet I have had a conversation with a young man here who has chosen to follow his passion. Rather than sit in an office designing on a computer, he has chosen to work in his community to help youth and also pursue his passion for music. He is not rich but he is happy and loves his life with a passion.
I also recall a conversation I had with a friend in Australia who said she had no passion about anything. She admires my drive with passion for so many things but lamented not having a passion, yet she enjoys her life. I couldn’t imagine my life without the passion that has driven me, supported me to reach where I am now and given a depth of feeling that I could not imagine living without. I do not know life and living without passion. Was I born with this embedded in my DNA? I love it and it is me. Those who know me will either love my drive for passion or be occasionally driven crazy by it.
So what I am curious about is whether there are people out there who do not have passions and don’t worry about it or even think about it. Also, how important is it that you find a job that is driven by passion rather than survival.