What makes a passion not just a hobby?

I believe a passion is something that inspires you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  • Physically – drives you to move
  • Mentally – brings happiness to your sense of self
  • Emotionally – connects you to others

Above all, you miss it when it’s gone. You long for it.

Hobbies are activities that you enjoy doing. They may satisfy one or more of your physical, mental, and emotional needs, but they don’t necessarily drive your soul.

Take knitting for example. If you’re into knitting, is it your hobby or your passion? Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does knitting drive you to action?
  2. Does the thought of missing the next knitting conference make your gut ache?
  3. Do you feel alone (in a negative way) when you’re not knitting?
  4. Is your answer the question “Do you want to knit?” ever genuinely “No”?

Dance is my passion. It drives me to spend all of my vacation days travelling to other cities to attend dance events. It elicits euphoria and a sense of community. Without dance, I feel disconnected.

I always want to dance. Even when I’m injured, exhausted, distracted, and stressed, I always want to dance. Maybe I can’t right now, for whatever reason, but I always want to.

Thankfully there’s dance videos to satisfy my craving off the dance floor. Like the 2015 BluesSHOUT: All Star Strictly Finals.

Find your passion; you’ll be happier for it.


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