The best days in life are the ones where you jump out of bed with a smile on your face and a hop in your step because you are so excited about what the day will bring. Everything is a little easier and more joyful when you have a definite purpose for your day. How often are you jumping out of bed in the morning? Once a week? Once a month? If you are not flying out of bed almost every morning, then there is passion lacking in your life. Every day can be like Christmas morning if you are following your calling and spending your day doing what you love. Don’t settle for an “okay” job that will give you happiness when you can retire a few years earlier. You will spend your entire adult life delaying happiness until the day you retire, but we all know tomorrow is not guaranteed. Let alone twenty or thirty years from now. At any point you can fall ill or, even worse die, knowing that you didn’t get your happiness.  So, why delay doing the things you love? When you are truly doing something that brings you joy, you won’t be thinking: “I have this many more years until retirement.” You will be thinking: “Okay, how can I keep myself healthy enough so I can live longer and keep doing this until my 80’s and beyond.” If you are doing what you love and following your passions, you will improve your overall life in areas you don’t even think of.

Finding something that excites you is imperative to success in college, work, and life. If you don’t have that something(s) in your life, your life will always be dull and you will be missing something. So, search and find out what excites or interests you. Whatever it is: arts, science, writing, business, sports, medicine or whatever it may be; acknowledge it and get after it. Find out what gets you going and follow it or else you may well end up just moping around watching your life miserably go by instead of enjoying it every step of the way.

Study something that excites you, not what excites your parents or what the world tells you to. Study something that you spend time outside of class reading or thinking about. You can follow other’s wishes and become a lawyer, accountant, or doctor on the road to misery. Or you can follow your passion to new heights, where you can look yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, “I love what I do,” even if it’s 80 hours a week you’re locking in. This work may not initially pay well, but it can lead to more either in the form of fulfillment or future business endeavors. You might feel more fulfillment in a job or field that gives you zest for life. This zest will make all your friends jealous because they will wish they had the zeal for life you have.

“The world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.” –James Allen.

Passion is contagious and breeds followers. Passion brings joy. Passion brings fulfillment. Passion gets you to jump out of the bed in the morning.

Study or work in whatever field gives you joy and puts you closer to achieving your goals. Don’t be discouraged by those who would discourage you. I repeat, do not be discouraged by anyone who tells you to not follow your passion (so long as your passion does not bring any harm to others or yourself). As my grandpa told me what he thought were his parting words in the hospital, “listen to your heart and don’t listen to a damn person who tells you otherwise.” People are projecting their own fears on you if they don’t support your passion. Instead, follow your passion, come up with a plan on how to succeed in your passion and get after it.

 

 

Exercise 2

Write down the activities, events, and things that you look forward to most at any stage in your life. Write down everything that comes to mind.

Come up with a plan of action to get the things you enjoy most in your life into your life again. Put it on your schedule to go to a club, sporting event, or block out a time slot in your week to pursue whatever it is that brings you the most joy.

What excites you most in life?

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What events/activities are you currently looking forward to most? ________________________________________________

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How can you get more of these things you enjoy in your life? ________________________________________________

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Do you realize that these things you are looking forward to most make you happiest? Do you believe that living life without enjoying it is a waste? Why or why not? ________________________________________________

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