Our culture tends to celebrate the mono-passion. We recognize the great inventor or Olympic athlete who spends virtually every waking moment working on, thinking about, or perfecting that single activity or product.
We may even fantasize about chucking everything out (usually our other responsibilities) and focusing on that one unexplored or partially explored activity, convinced that if we only had the time that we, too, could excel.
For most of us, life isn’t like that.
The childhood passion for writing, acting, dancing, singing, playing a sport or a musical instrument sometimes dies away, or is re-born as a hobby as an adult, and only occasionally as a career.
Other unpredicted and unpredictable interests crop up.
We work at jobs that we hopefully like, perhaps with partners and kids we hopefully love. If we’re determined, lucky, or focused, we make time to pursue interests, hobbies, avocations that expand our sense of self and/or contribute to our community.
And these interests, hobbies and avocations change over time.
And all of this is ok.
While it is true that you need to focus to excel, it doesn’t mean that you must throw out everything else in your life to pursue your passion.
Living life with a single passion isn’t as important as living life with passion—with a sense that what you think about and commit energy to matters. The only person who knows what matters most to you personally, is you.
If there’s an activity you want to explore further, give yourself permission to explore it further. If there’s something you used to love doing, but don’t love anymore, give yourself permission to let it go.
Know that it is possible to live both a balanced life, and a passionate one.
And may we all pursue our path, honoring the changing nature of our passions,