Your passion is that one thing which sets you free, from the clutches of boredom, misery, and aimlessness, while giving a purpose to your life. It is that one thing, doing which, brings out the best in you. When you find your passion, it is like discovering a gold mine, that had always been buried in your backyard.
You do not follow it for money, fame, or any other materialistic gains. You follow it because it makes you happy and provides you with a reason to go on. It is as simple as that. It is pure love for what you do.
Peer pressure kicks in and we ignore what we love, for what brings us appreciation, acceptance, and security. You become 'practical' and tread the beaten paths, while ignoring that one thing which makes you feel truly alive.
Most of all, you are unhappy, you hate your job and enthusiasm eludes you. Then, you realize that one secret ingredient is missing, which is passion. It is never too late to rediscover your passion. There is hope, if you still believe in yourself and value happiness, more than anything else.
Go to your own 'fortress of solitude' to find some answers about yourself. Get a piece of paper and a pen and ask yourself the following questions, which will guide you towards your passion in life.
These things or activities that you are good at, will point towards your passion. That is because what you love doing, you do with effortless ease. One or more of these things will be something that you are very passionate about.
Just list out those secret and crazy ambitions you had. It is never too late to follow your dreams. Among those forgotten dreams, you may find what you truly should be after.
It may be a sport like football, movies, trekking, or any other activity. One of the activities among these pursuits may be your passion in life. The proof of your passion is your child-like enthusiasm for it.
It is the high you get from pursuing your passion. It may be any crazy idiosyncrasy that sets you apart from the pack and makes you feel at peace. That my friend, is your passion.
Don't be guided by money or material gain but by the sheer joy of creating or doing something. It will undoubtedly guide you towards your passion. Just follow your passion. Fame and riches will automatically follow.
After all, the pursuit of happiness is our birthright. You already know it in your hearts, what your passion is. Just brush away the cobwebs of conformism and it will be visible to you. Remember that the key to finding it, is to believe in yourself and your own private genius.