Recently I rediscovered something that I used to have a deep admiration for. The interest in this particular thing had faded over time and eventually completed disappeared from the spectrum of my interests. What is it you ask? Well, technically it’s not an “it” but rather a “something.” Okay, I’m taking to long to get to the point. Here goes…
I recently started listening to all my favourite podcasts again. Now for those of you who don’t know, podcasts are basically like radio shows, except they’re recorded in the form of episodes and are usually released exclusively via the internet. Some of my favourites include:
The Nerdist Podcast, Fatman on Batman, Smodcast, and my absolute favourite podcast of all time… Radio Free Burrito, which is a podcast written and performed by Wil Wheaton, the person who actually got me through several rough patches in my life.
So anyway, I started listening to these podcasts again and catching up on all the episodes that I’d missed, and during all this catching up I felt a kind of sudden shock. Why on God’s good Earth had I lost interest in something that I so clearly have an absolute passion for? Doesn’t being passionate about something mean that you should never tire of it? Apparently not.
I went through the archives on several websites and listened to these internet radio shows every day when I had a chance, or if I had to spend some time doing menial tasks. But the more I listened the more I struggled with the fact that I had simply forgotten and left these wonderful podcasts behind, in the blink of an eye. It then occurred to me what had happened. To put it simply, I had gotten so busy trying to find things to be passionate about and to love, that I had completely forgotten to be passionate about and love the things that I had already found. It sounds tremendously silly but that’s what happened.
So here I sit on a wonderfully calm Tuesday evening listening to a podcast, writing this article, and smiling, because I get to spend my evening doing two things that I love and am incredibly passionate about: To listen to people who inspire me to be better and to work harder. And to write about the wonderfully simple and elegant medium with which they do that: Podcasting.
So I urge you to take a step back and look at your old loves. The things you used to be passionate about. Why did those passions disappear? Is passion like a candle that slowly melts away, or is It rather a rapidly burning fire that needs to be fed accordingly?
So don’t spend too much time trying to find things to be passionate about. Odds are you’ve already found them. You just need to be reminded as to why you loved them in the first place.