I had an interesting conversation with an old friend and I listened intently as he talked about how he wants to take a year off to just explore what he really wants to do with his career. He is brimming with ideas, filled with energy that he just wants to direct towards discovering that which he will pour his heart into for the next years. We talked about how this year is about taking things slow and trying out different things so he may move full steam ahead once he has sorted out his personal compass.
The dialogue brought to mind a passage I read in The Daily Stoic:
“Let all your efforts be directed to something, let it keep that end in view. It’s not activity that disturbs people, but false conceptions of things that drive them mad.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND
In our quest for meaning, it is important that we are led by a purpose that is much bigger than us. Purpose drives passion and passion drives action. It is the lens through which we see the world and dictates what we say yes or no to. It is what gives us courage to fail, knowing that we are going through this to come closer each day to our life goal. But as I mentioned in a previous post, if we are not sure where our passion lies, let us be curious for now and explore what sticks and resonates with us. The key is to be keen as we discover, to be sensitive to the things that energize us. A life without passion nor curiosity is just a daily hustle.