PERSONAL

Passion Without Purpose

I’ve always struggled with the term ‘passion’. People always talked about it — this empowering emotion that one pursues as a means to building an idyllic life. 

I mean, I often thought that I had passions. They felt like what these folks were talking about but they existed within a constant rotation of new projects that fell in and out of my general interest. Countless times I had picked up that guitar and set it back down ten minutes later. 

Over the years, I cycled through various forms of music, wood-working, cooking, and arts but one by one the drive faded. Every week I had a new answer to the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question. 

Eventually my ‘passions’ didn’t make me feel passionate. The more I tried to find something that would get my heart pumping, the more I accepted the idea that I was destined to be that guy who knew a little about everything but not a lot about anything. 

But then I met a girl. She accepted my invitation to hang out and with high hopes, my goal was a kiss by the end of the night. 

Little did I know she’d change my whole world.

She brought me to new countries with new cultures! She introduced me to new foods and flavours! But most importantly, she showed me passion! I finally understood what it all meant and it pulled me out of the grey world I’d been existing in and threw me head first into a colourful life full of travel experiences I had never imagined! 

Turns out it wasn’t a small world, after all.

But passion is a funny thing. What they don’t tell you about passion is that it doesn’t always equate to purpose. And so here I am, a small body in a world far greater than myself. A world in which I never believed I could make a difference. It’s that purpose that I still seek. 

There is so much more to learn about myself and what it is that I can contribute. Yet I know I belong out there. I’ve felt that passion; it tugs at my heart (and my tastebuds, if we’re being honest).

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I’ve witnessed both the beauty and the despair on the other side of the world but only to the extent that I could still make my flight back home. And so I yearn for the opportunity to lead those still living in grey into a world of colour. To break down stereotypes through my words while further challenging my own understanding of the world.

This passion of mine drives me forward, with a desire to grow. I mustn’t sit still. So onward I go! 

With this journey around the world, discovery becomes more internal than external. It’s about personal growth; development of skills. Challenging one’s fears and overcoming objectives. It’s time for me to pursue this passion and discover my purpose.

And then maybe try my hand at the guitar.