Passion Is King And Queen
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20th Century Upbringing
We really are in the 21st century facing a very interesting phenomenon. Those of us who spent the bulk of our life in the 20th century are having to adjust to the fact that more and more people are turning their backs on the values and teachings that we were brought up with.
I don’t know about you, but I was brought up in a culture where you worked hard at school, went to the university and continued to work hard for a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and likely a PhD as well.
After all that effort and amassing that amount of debt you were encouraged or even expected to go get a good job and continue working hard. If you did it all right then at 65 you could retire, begin to live and hopefully have some sort of superannuation and/or pension to see you to the grave.
Society exerted a great deal of pressure on you to work hard, save hard, holiday for two weeks each year and look forward to the time when you could have a life after work. This usually meant after the age of 65 or some such figure.
Passion Rears Its Head
All of a sudden (or so it seems to me) a crazy thing is beginning to happen. I hear more and more talk about pursuing and living your passion and let it take care of you. There is a great deal of emphasis around to seek your passion, identify it and then live it.
Supposedly if you are brave and intelligent enough to do this all the things that you need for your existence will just happen.
What a wonderful situation we are now faced with. If we are sincere and follow our hearts we are being told that everything will work out okay and we will have the time of our lives.
Nowadays there is so much more emphasis on quality of life than there used to be.
It seems to be the ‘now’ thing to seek out your passion, live it and not worry about the consequences.
The security blanket that we were are conditioned to have such as a university education, a secure job, a mortgage, a two week holiday and at least two children seems now to be very last century and old fashioned.
Now we are encouraged to seek out our passion no matter what it is or how long it takes to get there.
We are told by many very successful people (meaning having enough to be more than comfortable) that the only thing that makes any sense is to look for, quest for our niche, our purpose, our passion. They are convinced that if one really does that everything else will fall into line and life will be more than the proverbial bed of roses.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist the temptation to have a go. I am going to live my passion and let the rest take care of itself. Will you join me?
By Dobbs Franks