Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, & share your passion with them. – HOLSTEE
What does that mean?
As is so often the case, this Twitter-friendly quote is just a small excerpt from a longer quote, which paraphrases the middle third of the text.
“This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once; seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Live your dream, and wear your passion. Life is short.”
This comes from a group of people who decided to follow their dreams, and start a company. While they have diversified since then, they remember the decision to follow their dreams.
To be able to do the things in this quote, you have to know yourself, or at lest be ready and able to try things and discover yourself. And you have to be willing to take a chance, to chase a dream and to live a passionate life.
Why is finding yourself important?
To me, that is the point of the quote. But it starts with finding your passion and knowing your dream. And these things evolve over time, so what worked for you as a teen might not be applicable in middle age. You have to learn who you are, and do what you love, if you are to be great.
If you really aren’t sure who you are, or have simply become what others have said you should be, how can you live your dream? To live your dream, you have to have a dream which is part of you, not created by someone outside you. I was told I’d make a great engineer. They were right, but I also love my work.
The quote uses the words “getting lost will help you find yourself.” That’s true both literally and figuratively. If you only stick to the paths you know, how will you ever learn where else you might want to go? By pushing the limits, you learn more about yourself.
The quote also talks about discussing your passions with others. It is a great way to find fellow-travellers, as well as engage in great debates. Defending your dreams, your passions, and what you love is a great way to explore the reasons why you feel these things. It helps you find yourself.
Where can I apply this in my life?
That would depend on whether you are already living the dream, and doing what you love. Many of us are not yet there, or have parts of our lives which are still some distance away from being there. But the journey starts with knowing ourselves, so that is probably the best place to start.
Can you easily and clearly state what your dreams are? What about your dream “job,” what would that include? What do you love to do? How would you love to contribute to the world we live in, or to the people living on it? If you are struggling, you may need to work on finding yourself, right?
How do you find yourself? The quote mentioned that getting lost can help. To me, that includes both travel and exploring our personal limits. I also mentioned discussing your dreams and passions with others. There are also the questions at the start of this section to answer. That’s a start.
One of the first things the long version of the quote says is to do what you love. It then talks about applying that to what you do for a living. And if you don’t love your job, you can quit your job. Of course there are fiscal implications to that, but it can become a goal, right?
For those who can’t quit their day job just yet, working on your passion can help you find and refine your talents and aptitudes. This can lead you to a point where you can earn a living doing things about which you are passionate. It can lead to you following your dreams.
But even if you don’t get a chance to live your dream full time, there can be other dreams where you can rise to greatness. Can you be the best friend ever? Can you be a passionate parent and help children (yours or those of others) find their passions, and take a step towards their dreams?
The quote also urges us to talk to others, and to share our ideas and thoughts regarding our dreams and our passions. I mentioned that it could lead to some interesting and even challenging discussions. And that is a good thing. I know too many people who regret not challenging the dreams of their parents.
You might find out that you really didn’t want something, but the feeling associated with that achievement. You might be able to find a better way to get the feeling in a different manner. You still achieve your dream, but you follow a path better suited to your needs and what you love.
It is your life, live it how you feel you should. But both the quote and I hope that you will take the time to identify your dreams, your passions, and the things you love, and act on them. And live a fulfilling and satisfying life.
For some odd reason, my ‘related articles’ app is still face down in the mud. I hope to have something that works by early next week…