Passion is an essential part of life balance in my opinion. Why? If you have passion then you have something to live for, you have goals to aspire for, you have dreams to reach, and you have inspiration to get you through life.
However, there is a difference between passion and obsession. When you follow your passion you can still look around and see what else is going on in the world. If you turn your passion into an obsession then you start living in a tunnel where your world is limited in all directions. Is this what you want in life? I hope not.
Following your passion does not mean forgetting about everything else around you. It means having a driving force that pushes you through life. Of course sometimes when you are focused on your passion you can forget about other areas of your life for a little bit. You shift your life balance slightly to adjust it to your current needs.
Passion is like a car. When you are driving you are concentrated on the road and the car takes you to your destination. However, if you start driving too fast then you might lose control of your car. If you forget to look out for other cars around you then again you have a high probability of getting into a wreck. You have to balance your focus between the road and your speed while concentrating on everything that is going on around you.
You know that we are not talking about a mathematically balanced life here. We are talking about the natural balance of life that is peaceful, flexible and gives room for growth in any direction. It is great to have passion in life and it does not mean that we have to forget about our families, about our friends, about our health or about our finances.
Some people have lived without any type of balance in life and these people are pure geniuses (Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Leo Tolstoy and many others.) However, not all of us are geniuses like that and that’s absolutely wonderful that we aren’t. Can you imagine if the average person could whip up an atomic bomb in the basement when they feel disgruntled at work? Who would care about beautiful paintings if everybody could draw masterpieces? Who would want to go to a concert if all of us could sing and compose music as easy as just talking? Don’t you think that life would lose its charm if all of us were equally gifted? I think that most people need natural balance in their lives.
Living a life of passion is very rewarding as well as living a life of natural balance. I can even say that for most of us combining balance and passion is the utmost rewarding experience and the best way to live a life of happiness and purpose. Here is a small guide that can help you combine both in your life:
Follow your passion without forgetting what else brings happiness into your life.
Be focused without being obsessed.
Be a person who is willing to grow even if it means outgrowing your passion at some point.
Don’t lose yourself in your passion. After all it is just one part of your life.
Use everything around you as inspiration and nourishment for your passion.
Don’t be selfish. Following your passion does not mean that your loved ones must live in your shadow or suffer because you don’t give them enough attention and love.
Look in the future. What do you see in your life 5, 10, 20 years from now? What will be your passion then? Will you be happy with what you have accomplished in life?
Be aware of your body and soul. Stop frequently and make sure that you are doing the right thing and your passion is not draining you physically or emotionally.
Don’t try to divide your time equally between different areas of your life. You will only stress yourself out. Just relax and go with the flow of your passion and life.
What do you think about passion and life balance? Can they coexist or do you have to live the life of extremes in order to follow your passion? What is your passion and how does it fit into your life? And don’t forget,