“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and
sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.”
Find Your Passion
In one of my previous blogs, I wrote about happiness and how I believe everyone needs to find out for themselves what makes them happy. So it was quite ironic when I came across a recent article about “Finding Your Passion”. The article stated losing yourself in a passion is not an indulgence. It’s a fundamental part of achieving a kind of happiness known as “eudaimonia”.
The definition of eudaimonia in the dictionary is, “a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous.” Eudaimonia is not something new. Aristotle and other Greek philosophers wrote in great detail about this subject.
You don’t achieve eudaimonia through cheap thrills such as watching your favorite reality show, but through activities where you experience “flow”. This flow is the feeling of total engagement in the activity so that you don’t notice anything outside of what you’re doing. You forget time and you forget yourself. As you concentrate on the activity you are engaged in, you clear your brain of things that are bothering you.
You obtain “flow” when engaging say in an activity such as horseback riding, sailing, editing a movie you shot. That’s when you know you have found your passion.
Passion and/or flow helps to eliminate stress, increase happiness and most importantly improve your overall mental health.
Next time you are doing an activity that clears your mind and allows you to lose yourself in what you are doing, take note. For your health and well-being, a little free time is important for everyone. And if you find your passion along the way, you are ahead of the game.