If You Have No Passion For Anything, Read This

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Society leads us to believe that we must find and follow our passions in life.

But it’s not always that easy.

Passion is a feeling that many people misunderstand. And this confusion leads them to conclude that they have no passion for anything.

If this sounds like you, here are some things you ought to keep in mind.

Speak to an accredited and experienced therapist to help you find some passion for something in your life. You may want to try speaking to one via BetterHelp.com for quality care at its most convenient.

1. Know what passion feels like to you.

Not everyone wakes up in the morning with a spring in their step, chomping at the bit, and raring to go.

People feel and show their passion in different ways.

For you, passion might not fill you with an intense fire. It might be more of a glowing ember.

You might have an underlying enjoyment of something without necessarily feeling compelled to do it every waking hour.

Or you might have a more reserved personality—one that doesn’t experience highs that are as high as those of other people.

For you, passion might feel more comfortable, warm, pleasant, even a relief.

So don’t disregard a feeling just because it doesn’t meet society’s definition of what passion is.

2. Don’t limit what passion means to you.

When someone says they have a passion for the piano, you might imagine that they are trained to a high level and that they regularly perform recitals.

In reality, you can have a passion for the piano and just enjoy playing it in your free time, at your own level—whatever that may be.

You can have a passion for jigsaw puzzles if that is something that you often like to do.

But wait, aren’t these things just hobbies, you might ask?

Of course, but to maintain a hobby, you must feel positively toward it. And if you feel positively toward it, why shouldn’t it count as a passion?

Don’t dismiss something as not being a passion simply because it doesn’t fit with the stereotypical view of one.

3. You won’t always feel willing or able to pursue a passion.

There’s a common myth that says if you are really passionate about something, you won’t let things get in your way and you won’t compromise.

In the real world, nobody has unlimited energy or motivation to keep up with a passion all the time.

Life happens. You get busy. You may find you are struggling to commit to something you believed was a passion.

Don’t be hasty to write it off as something you’re not that passionate about after all.

Just because you haven’t been able to dedicate every spare second you have to something, doesn’t mean you can’t be passionate about it.

4. Don’t expect “results” from your passion.

Passions, though related to goals, should not be considered goals in their own right.

If you think you have no passion for something because you aren’t achieving certain things in it, think again.

There is no need to put pressure on your enjoyment of a passion by insisting that, if it really is a passion, you’d do X, Y, or Z.

Just enjoy the process of doing it, whatever that may be. After all, many people play the piano purely for enjoyment, regardless of how well they can play.

5. You can work passions around constraints of circumstance.

Do you struggle to feel passionate about something because you don’t have the time or resources to fully engage in it?

Maybe you are passionate about the environment, but you don’t have the time to volunteer at beach cleanups or the money to buy organic food.

This doesn’t mean you can’t still have that passion.

You simply have to find ways to make the passion fit within your means, such as cutting down on waste or scouring thrift shops for second hand goods instead of buying new.

In other words, don’t kid yourself into thinking you aren’t passionate about something just because you can’t change your entire life circumstances to accommodate it.

6. Your career can’t always align with your passions.

Many people think that when you have a real passion for something, you should try to find a way to turn that thing into a way to make a living.

That if you are a passionate tennis player, you should turn pro.

That if you have a passion for baking, you should open a bakery.

But here’s the truth: it’s not very common for a passion to fit nicely into a career or business.

Most of the time, your job is just something you have to do to pay your bills and put food on the table.

As hard as it may be to hear, you sometimes have to accept that your job—the thing you spend a huge chunk of your life doing—is not something you’ll be passionate about.

7. Don’t worry about fitting passion into your education.

When you’re young and looking at course options for college or university, the advice you might hear is to choose something you are passionate about.

But what if you aren’t sure what your passions are yet?

The truth is, it’s rare for someone to have their whole life mapped out at such a young age.

Most people choose a course or degree that they feel they can remain fairly interested in and do well at.

And that’s about all you can do if you aren’t sure what you want to do in your career.

8. You might have lots of little passions instead of one big one.

Some people have lots of interests and hobbies and yet still see themselves as having no real passion for anything in particular.

You might be the jack of all trades of the hobbies world, indulging in a wide variety of different pastimes.

But how, you might think, can any one of these things be a passion if you have other things you enjoy just as much?

They are passions because you wish to keep doing them. You will go out of your way to do them.

You might say that your passion is actually in diversity. You enjoy sampling as many different things as you can instead of focusing on just one.

9. Consider whether you might be depressed.

If none of the above makes any sense to you, it’s time to consider the possibility that you might be depressed.

One common symptom of depression is something called anhedonia. That is when you lose all interest in things that you once enjoyed.

If you think there is the slightest chance you might be depressed, it’s time to speak to someone—a doctor, support worker, or even a close friend or family member.

Still not sure how to find passion for something? Talking to someone can really help you to address and fix this issue.

A therapist is often the best person you can talk to.

Why? Because they are trained to help people in situations like yours.

They can provide guidance and advice to help you discover (or rediscover) one or more things that you can develop a passion for.

BetterHelp.com is a website where you can connect with a therapist via phone, video, or instant message.

While you may try to work through this yourself, it may be a bigger issue than self-help can address. And if it is affecting your mental well-being, it is a significant thing that needs to be resolved.

Too many people try to muddle through and do their best to overcome issues that they never really get to grips with. If it’s at all possible in your circumstances, therapy is 100% the best way forward.

Online therapy is actually a good option for many people. It’s more convenient than in-person therapy and is more affordable in a lot of cases. And you get access to the same level of qualified and experienced professional.

Here’s that link again if you’d like to learn more about the service BetterHelp.com provide and the process of getting started.

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About The Author

Steve Phillips-Waller is the founder and editor of A Conscious Rethink. He has written extensively on the topics of life, relationships, and mental health for more than 8 years.