I used to think photography was my passion.
When I picked up a camera I thought it was the thing.
I starting developing a love of documenting lives.
I started shooting a few weddings.
I started to think that it could be my business.
But I now know it’s not my life’s purpose.
The act of taking pictures is not my life.
I’m just interested in it.
I have other interests.
Family, the outdoors, design and recently gardening.
I’m also really interested in brands.
Larry Smith, in this video talks about the difference between interests and passion.
They’re not the same thing.
Passion is beyond interest.
I’m on a mission to discover my ultimate passion.
David Hieatt on his blog talks about how passion drives purpose. You can love something but not have any purpose with it.
“I think it’s helpful to understand passion. I believe passion can both help you enormously and hinder you too. I believe there are two types of passion. One is ‘hot passion’. It is all heart; the head is not being called upon to think. And that means sometimes things can go wrong. Hot passion is a bit like infatuation; it burns brightly, but fades quickly.
Whereas ‘cold passion’ is calm, considered and long lasting. Both the brain and the heart are working together. Emotions have been taken out of decisions. And decisions are given time. And looked at from all angles. Cold passion is much more effective at getting results. Cold passion is like a lifelong love. Once decided upon, it’s almost impossible to stop loving.”
Thats one reason why I have just left my secure job for a design agency.
To pursue some interests and loves.
To work for some different people.
In different spheres and for different products.
Eventually I’ll find my passion.
And it will become my purpose.
This blog gives my parenting purpose.
It gives my photography purpose.
It doesn’t give my career purpose though.
That will be another thing.
And you’ll know about it first.