Discovering your Passion in Life

Brooke Saward Casa del Mar
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The 21st Century world is undeniably one of conformity. There are expectations, societal ‘norms’ (what is considered normal by the majority of the population), and acting outside these ‘norms’ will render one as different – a word of which still possesses a negative connotation.

But why?

Having a point of difference – being different – is precisely what makes a person who they are.

Discovering your passion in life is something many people wait far too long to do. You’ve heard the ‘horror stories’ of mid-life crises and making drastic career changes, seen the many mature age students in classrooms at university, and watched on as people around you switch from one degree to another in a desperate attempt to find something they are genuinely interested in.

But the very fact that we view indecisiveness as a negative aspect in a person comes down to conformity.

We are expected to ‘choose’ – a career path, a place to reside, a selection of friends we devote time to in exchange for the same devotion.

We are encouraged to ‘stick it out’ and sacrifice happiness in exchange for some kind of return, be it career progression or financial benefit.

We are discouraged from following our passion, unless it fits in line with these societal ‘norms’.

But what if we instead chose to discover and pursue our passion?

Well, we’d probably have a very efficient and joyful population of world citizens.

When you decided to pursue your passion, the concept of ‘going to work’ or ‘doing work’ is completely redefined.

When you decide to pursue your passion, you let your creativity take over and achieve more than you could have imagined.

When you decide to pursue your passion, you allow yourself to be free of constraints, and truly allow yourself to find happiness.

With a career as a 'travel blogger', my job is anything but normal... or easily accepted by my peers

How to Discover your Passion in Life

Surprisingly, this is the easy part. Once you’ve come to the realization of how important it is to pursue your passion in life, the rest is easy.

Ask yourself:

  • What am I good at?
  • Am I passionate about it? Do I enjoy doing it?

If yes, set yourself achievable goals and document your ultimate goal. Now continue to reach and re-set your goals until you find yourself reaching your ultimate goal – the one you never thought attainable, that you will come to learn IS if you take small steps to achieving your goals, instead of looking for a fast-track way to success.


If no, remember we can be talented in specific areas and perhaps initially find joy in our success, but as we are only human, our preferences can change. If you are good at something but not actually passionate about it, you are most likely continuing to do it because it brings others around you happiness, but does not make you happy. So what can you do?

Forget the pressure of others, forget the expectations, forget what you know.

Starting today, take a stand and make a CHANGE.

Discover your passion, make a plan, and put it into action.

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    June 3, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Very well written and full of inspiration. Thanks, just what I needed to remind me to ‘make it happen’!

    June 3, 2014 at 5:04 am

    This post rings so much truth! I dropped out of college last year because I was sick of living the type of life that my family, friends, and society expected of me. I haven’t found my passion yet, but that’s something I’m constantly working on. I’m just focusing on doing the things I enjoy and trying new things. I have a very long bucket list that isn’t just sitting around collecting dust and hoping to have a few things checked off. Starting a blog used to be unchecked on that list for the longest time. Now I’m SO glad I checked that one off. The reason I started my blog was so I can document my journey of finding myself and what I enjoy most. And even though I don’t have many followers, at least I can say I enjoy it. So that’s cool 🙂

    Debbie Rodrigues
    June 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Such an inspiring entry, Brooke.
    I recently discovered my passion and I have been working towards making a change. Thank you so much for the motivation!

    Claire (@Kurea_San)
    May 31, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Well said.
    Claire xx

    May 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Very well written! I know so many people who just do what is expected from them, instead of what makes them truly happy. So I completely agree with you. Everyone should find out what they are passionate about.

    May 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Well said! I think my passion is traveling, it makes me happy and I can dream for hours about it. But it is unfortunattely something you can’t do daily. Because of the money, but also because of my study. So traveling is for me something I have to wait for till I have vacation. But I think I have found something else. I have wanted to have my own blog for several years. I think I started five blogs, bus stopped after a few weeks already. But now I desided for myself, it is time to go through with something I love to do and I carried on with my blog. I love to do it, even if I don’t have any followers. So maybe it is my second and more daily passion? I hope so!

    Jessica Ellerbrock
    May 31, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Loved this article Brooke! I made the decision to make a leave to pursue my passion for travel. I am pretty long in my career so it was a scary proposition. Any advice would be great?