This post was originally published as part of a guest series on Glowing Co.
“What do you want to do when you grow up?”
When we’re kids, we answer this question with reckless abandon for logic, feasibility or finance; we choose something that sounds fun, cool or luxurious and we wholeheartedly declare: I want to be an actress/brain surgeon/president/astronaut/professional ice cream taster.
As we mature, we start to think about what makes sense for our lives. What will make me enough money to live the life I want to live? What am I good at, and where does that fit in this world? We think logically, but I don’t think we ever really abandon this thirst for passion. We want to do something that’s ours — something that, when we answer the question “what do you do?,” people nod and think “of course, that’s so you.” We want to wake up and feel excited about our work; we want to be able to say “x” is my passion.
A lot of people do have a passion, a calling, a talent that they were born to do. If you’re passionate about something, do it. And do it with passion.
I do not have a passion or a calling, and most people I know don’t. I think as a culture we are dangerously training ourselves and others to “find our passion,” and what is happening is people are unsatisfied with what they’re currently doing while they pursue an unrequited quest. Searching for “your passion” — like there’s this solitary skill or field you’ve been called to — will make your head spin (which, for the record, is not conducive to productivity).
This is not to say passion should not be part of your equation. In fact, passion is a quintessential ingredient to a happy life. But passion is not exclusive to the chosen ones who have a calling or a passion.
What happens when you stop searching for passion and simply live and act passionately? You actually do wake up excited to take on your day.
That’s what I do each and every day. People assume it’s easy for me to work out every day and eat in-season greens and have a spinach juice for breakfast – simply because I own a fitness company. The truth is I work just as hard as everyone else to stay healthy: tricking/rewarding my mind to get myself to bari for my daily sweat session or order a salad from the menu instead of the gnocchi. I also draw inspiration from my bari tribe and test tips and tricks from the bari blog.
I chose fitness and health because it’s something that is exciting to me and because I know every time I help someone choose health I am also helping them be a little happier. I chose fitness and health because it was a big part of my life, and a part I really enjoyed. I chose fitness and health because I thought there was more we could be doing.
And that’s a very fulfilling way of spending each and every day, surrounded by a product that changes lives, people I love and a culture I believe in. It’s something I am passionate about. And it took me taking a break racking my brain trying to discover my passion to stumble upon this thing I’m truly passionate about.
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