When a conversation comes to the topic of passions, I tend to start with bringing up Mark Manson’s perspective on passions: these are not new things that you have to go for and “find”, but these are areas and activities which you have been doing throughout your life, probably in different shapes or forms.
It gets even more interesting to understand that passions are something that we do without extra thinking, without a need to “motivate” or “force” ourselves. These activities come to us easily and effortless and we enjoy doing them. Our perception of the world and other people tricks us to believe that other people have to have the same relationship with the activity, they could do these things as easily and effortlessly as we do, thus they would not need us to do it for them, and even less they would want to pay us for doing that for them.
In my personal experience, it comes to my IT skills, knowledge, and ability to pick up and learn new things quickly. On my mind, the most important fact is that as I moved away from Windows to Mac OS X & iOS four years ago, I stopped caring about new developments in the Microsoft world, and I haven’t learned much new in its regards. However, as it turns out, what I have learned before that on Windows and what I continued learning on Linux and Mac OS X, creates a very strong and solid foundation from which many small things that people struggle with are for me small things that I either can do already or can figure out very quickly. I still don’t see how to apply it professionally without settling for too boring or daring to apply for too challenging positions… But I’ll figure it out.
However, such discussion about passions comes from the assumption that we all have one or more of the activities that are easy for us, while others are inherently difficult. It is a bit keen towards the idea that if we have been doing something a lot in our past, we would enjoy doing it even more in the future.
What if this assumption is a false one? What if in the description above, “passion is an activity that we do without extra thinking” it is not the activity but our thinking that plays the most important role? What if all activities that we find difficult, boring, stressful are simply those which happen to coincide with rising and sustaining a certain amount of thinking to which we pay attention and believe to be true?
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