The other day I was having one of those “meeeh” days so I was going through some TED talks videos, looking for some inspiration/motivation, when I found a video that really resonated with me & just had to share it with you guys. You know how sometimes you stumble upon something you really need but you didn’t know you needed it before? Well this was exactly such a case, the message just clicked in my head. Since graduation season is upon us I figured this is the perfect timing to share this video with you all, in case you are, as I am, great at freaking out about life and what we’re ‘supposed to do’ with it.
In the video Terri Trespecio talks about passion and how the idea we have of “following your passion” can paralyze us and keep us from living a great wonderful life. Personally I completely recognize myself in this. When I graduated college two years ago (oh my goodness how has it been two years ago already?) four out of five of my closest friends group decided to take a “Gap Year”. Sure, we wanted to travel and see a bit more of the world before we dove into yet another round of education. But mostly, we were terrified of the idea that the next step we were going to make would determine the rest of our lives. I know it sounds quite dramatic but it truly was how I felt about the situation and my friends did too to a certain extent. While others from our class went on to prestigious programs and landed killer internships, I felt like a down right loser. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t proud of my achievements, instead I felt like a loser because I kept focussing on one single thing; I could not figure out what I was supposed to do next. I didn’t have a five year plan my professor was talking about let alone a life plan. And that whole “the whole world is at your feet” stuff that is supposed to inspire you while you’re sitting in your cap and gown just paralyzed me to my bones. If everything is possible, how do I know what the right choice is?
Now two years down the road I’ve definitely gained some perspective and though I still struggle with this notion of the perfect choice or having to find my one single passion in life, I’m learning to let that go. Because frankly its just not realistic for me. There is no single perfect choice, I don’t have one single dominating passion in my life but there is a whoooole lot of wonderful experiences awaiting me and you in the future if we are willing to let go of our tunnel vision and embrace life’s little detours.
Okay I think I’ve rambled on for long enough, go check out this video, its only 10 minutes long but so good! And remember to share this post with whomever you think needs to hear it too. Sharing is caring, after all. Thank you so much for reading.
Lots of love,