Day 17 of 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, from BootsnAll
Prompt #17: PASSION
“It’s easy to be passionate about travel, but does that passion permeate the rest of your life? Do you live and work with passion? Why or why not?”
Passion wasn’t enough
Ah, passion. It’s become one of the great buzzwords of the past 10 years. “Follow your passion!” we hear. “Your work should be your passion!” we see in the blogs. “Live your passion!”
Viva la passion, indeed.
Passion is wonderful. Passion gets your heart going, and reminds you you’re alive. But from my experience, I’ve learned passion isn’t enough.
I’ve been consumed with passions, but they were unfocused. All that passion, all that energy, could be misapplied. I’d wind up confused, lost, burned-out. Then I did some maturing, and better understood that what I lacked wasn’t passion… it was focus.
Over the years, life has taught me to hone and direct my passion through focus and direction. The result? My passions have grown. They recycle themselves, becoming stronger, deeper and richer over time. The more I’ve done this, whether it’s been work, travel or love, I’ve done my best and been my best when I focused my passion.
Ever since, trips have been easier and more enjoyable. It’s become easier to do the work needed to reach my goals. I’ve changed my work life, and now work on client and personal projects that are far more aligned with my passions.
We live in such a varied, amazing world. Traveling through it, working in it, living, just living, all amaze me every day. Whether at home or around the world, there’s so much to be passionate about, more than I could ever hope to take in and be part of.
But through focus, I’ll do what I can, and together, passion and focus have become more than enough.
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What is the 30 days of indie travel?
Every day in November, the BootsnAll Travel Network is inviting bloggers from around the world to a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year (or whenever) have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as we like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on our own blogs. More information: Join the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project »