Hobbies are things you do to relax. Passions are what you chase to feel alive.
Passions wake you up early to eagerly devour an online class on illustrating, or keep you up way past a reasonable bedtime to make homemade yogurt for cookbook club.
Perhaps it’s the way I’m hardwired, but I’ve never been able to not be passionate in my life. I’ve never been good at hobbies since they seem to be a way to pass the time. For better or worse, I want results.
A friend of mine recently made a passion list. A list of the nonnegotiables that demand her attention. Activities and outlets she once penciled in, hoping to find the time to enjoy them, that now are commitments listed in ink.
By applying this “passion principle” (TM pending, 😉) to all areas of my life, I’ve felt more confident in my decisions, both large and small. What I ate, what I spend my time on, what I wear. I’m approaching all facets of my life with a newfound sense of clarity and excitement.
Getting dressed was an activity that used to cause anxiety regularly. When I leaned into this idea of incorporating passion, I found it incredibly freeing. The decision of “what to wear” that used to overwhelm me wasn’t so big anymore. I knew I needed a wardrobe that would keep me moving and comfortable at the same time.
All the great thinkers and entrepreneurs had a uniform. They didn’t want to use their brain space or time to decide what to wear, and while I’m not quite cut out for the ever-present black turtleneck, I do have a bit of a daily uniform that’s focused on keeping me moving: vintage denim, comfortable sweater, Blundstone boots. By culling down my wardrobe and keeping only those pieces that I’m passionate about, I’ve gained more confidence in my body and my new curated look. I feel like me again.
I get dressed knowing that what I wear will be functional, stylish, and comfortable. All of this is done to allow me to follow exactly where my passions take me.
And where did they take me, you ask? I sat down and thought about those activities that keep me moving; that gets me out of bed and keep me up well past a reasonable hour.
My Passion List:
It struck me that the idea of building your life around your passions is the ultimate form of self-care. Rather than trying to fit in things I liked and that inspired me, this idea necessitated that I incorporate my passions, my North Stars, into my day-to-day.
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - March 25, 2020
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
Great post – very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good day, stay safe.
Thank you for your comment, Renaud! I’m so glad you like the post. Take care!
Great post, love it 🙂
Thank you, Andrea! Appreciate your comment!