A lot of us have things we love doing and we spend a lot of our time around these activities. However, for our passions to give us a meaningful life, they must be able to offer some benefits to others as well. Otherwise, a passion remains just a hobby.
Many people cannot really distinguish between a hobby and a lifework because they are both passion driven. You have a hobby when you consistently engage in an activity for self amusement. A lifework goes deeper and seeks to satisfy others besides one self. You may want to build your life around your hobby and there’s nothing wrong with this. However, if you want your life to be relevant to society, if you are thinking of making an impact, if you really want to live a purposeful life; you need to shift from self satisfaction to others edification.
Until you learn to connect what you love to other people’s need, you are on your own as far as being purposeful is concerned. You don’t have to drop what you love to do to engage in ‘serious’ work. Your passion should be the fuel that drives you to do your work. As a matter of fact, passion is a must-have when it comes to leading a fulfilling life. However it must be engaged to benefit others.
As a matter of fact, many people start out from hobbies to impactful living. They don’t give up their passions, they find a way to hang around it and because they spend so much time around it and they get developed in it. It is pertinent that we find activities that we enjoy outside our normal daily routines. This can help us discover our purposeful passions and while spending time in such activities also come across opportunities for development of skills that can help them us do much more than play.
Hobbies are important because they help us find our true selves with no strings attached. Because we are free to enjoy ourselves, hobbies often uncover our true purposeful passions and potentials. We underplay the productive capacities of our hobbies and regard them as unimportant or unprofitable because they are not the stereotyped or popular work functions or career choices. What you may not know is that your unique interest are clues to you finding your own niche, giving you the opportunity to bring something fresh to ‘life’s table’ for people to feast on.
So, if you don’t really enjoy your work or life at the moment and have no clue what to do, you may need to take a deeper look at your hobby, what you love doing in your spare time and then how it could be beneficial to more people than yourself. We often don’t move far because we don’t expand our borders to include others in enjoying what we do. The bottom point here is for you to think of how others can receive solutions, help and delight from what you enjoy doing…….That’s how you make a hobby a purposeful passion.
There’s a more fulfilling life for you out there; reach for it.