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HELP! - "How am I supposed to follow my passion when I don’t know what it is?"

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Courtney Elizabeth Anderson

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In our HELP! SITUATION SPOTLIGHT™ series, we shine the light on challenges that community members have shared with me. This episode is, “ How am I supposed to follow my passion when I don’t know what it is?“

In this episode I confront my failure to understand how powerfully the lack of exposure to a diversity of experiences hinders the ability of a person to uncover their personal interests and true passions. Different foods, music, art, literature, history, geography, cultures, etc., provides us the opportunity to begin to understand ourselves better. How do you know that you like to eat chocolate? You ate it and you liked it. It is the same with any experience in life. Is that your passion? Try it and find out.

You must immediately expand your horizons. Read, listen, watch, and learn about everything “new” that you can. These experiences will enrich you intellectually, emotionally and psychologically. Get out into the world (physically or virtually via the Internet). Do things you have never done (or at least read about them and think about them). You don’t know that you “hate” something unless you have actually tried it. Depriving yourself of the glorious wonder that this planet holds is cruel. You deserve to absorb as much of what this world has to offer as anyone else. Make that happen.

As you increase your exposure to these new ideas and experiences, you may face criticism or negative feedback from other people who are frightened by “change” and the “unknown.” Do not let someone else’s fear imprison you in a life that denies you access to your passion, your talents and your full range of joy! Have the confidence in yourself to accept that you are worth the best opportunities in life. Your passion is simply waiting for you to try it and find that it is perfect for you. Yet, it can’t come to you, you have to go out and find it. 

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