Paths to New Places | Changing Passions and Hobbies

Photography of a green hiking trail in the foothills of Colorado

Some of us haven’t been able to find that ‘one passion’.  Some of us have had many such passions, but they only last for a while.  Perhaps they last a few weeks, months, or years, or maybe it seems like a blink of an eye before we’re pouring our souls into something else.

There’s nothing wrong with having several, changing passions.  Though sometimes it can be difficult, especially when we’re surrounded by people telling us to ‘just stick with something’, that we’re going nowhere, or that we can’t commit to anything.  Other people aside, we may put some extra strain on ourselves.

Although still struggling along this path myself, here are some tips to navigate the changing and winding trail of changing passions:

  • Don’t put yourself down.  This doesn’t mean you should forgo reality, but don’t crush your dreams before you even set out to reach them.
  • Focus more on the doing than on a title.  You don’t have to be a mountaineer to scale a few peaks.  You don’t have to be a famous costume designer to put together some awesome pieces.  You don’t have to be on staff of a major studio to be an artist.  Focus on creating/doing now whatever it is that’s pulling your heart, instead of focusing on some title in the future.
  • Start small, but start.  When passions rapidly change, we may see a fair bit of money go with them.  Start with the fewest tools/supplies you can get away with, and start now!  You don’t need professional paints in every shade and color to get started; you don’t need a top of the line sewing machine, either.  Start with what you need to really get started, and get creating now!
  • On the subject of tools, hang on to them if your passions tend to come back around.  This is another reason to start small, as when your hobbies change, you can simply put your currently unused tools away until they’re needed again.  It’s harder to do if you’ve got an overwhelming amount of supplies!
  • Consider the words you use.  Are terms you’re using adding unnecessary pressure?  Consider saying that you’re ‘exploring’ a language, or ‘trying’ a new skill, and other words that don’t imply that you’re going for mastery or are committing to a new career skill.  It’s easier to let a passion go when you haven’t been (even sub-textually) telling yourself and others that this passion was ‘the one to last’.
  • Accept yourself as is.  Again, there’s nothing wrong with changing passions.  Trying to force yourself to pick the ‘one thing’ is only going to end in frustration, not to mention so much left unexplored!  Accept your curious soul and ranging talents, and openly welcome all the new passions that come your way.
  • Enjoy the journey!  We should be happy that so many things in this beautiful world tug at our hearts; give us new things to explore and skills to learn!

I definitely recommend the following resources if you find yourself wandering through different passions and hobbies:

 

Let’s keep moving forward, no matter how many detours we find on our winding paths.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail.

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