Week 11: make time for your passions
Step 1: what are they again?
I have three wonderful children: two teenage girls and one younger boy. Matt is 11 years old and he can tell me his passions straight away- in fact he tells me about them all the time! My middle daughter is artistic and curious, she explores lives, interested in the world around her. My eldest is the same but seems to be finding it harder to explore these passions as she becomes locked onto the treadmill of exams, aspirations, what are you going to do next?
It seems to me that keeping hold of what your passions actually are gets so much harder as you get older and the expectations of the world take grip. I could get political about the effects of such a rigid education system on our young- so many seem to see their passions as unimportant in the face of the pressures to 'succeed'. I know I lost my passions for a while. Instead of pursuing what actually fired me up, I looked around at those around me and thought I should be pursuing what fired them up - and that is so unfulfilling.
So to the challenge. No waking up earlier for me although I love this pragmatic approach! Rather an inventory of what really fires me up, energises me, brings me peace:
- Connecting with my family
- Connecting with my home
- Being with good friends
- Being alone
- Inspiring and nurturing my students
Then a tally of how many I now prioritise in my life.
As a teenager my passions would have been so different - I was going to do things differently, I didn't want a 'normal' existence, I wanted drama! Now my passions are tamer but so cherished. And yes, I do find time to prioritise these. Some weeks it is easier than others, but that is life!
One thing is for certain though: it took me a long time to re-find what MY passions were, and I am not going to let them go!