"Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f%$&#@g big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. [..] Choose your future. Choose life."
John Hodge - Trainspotting
We’re constantly told that we must design our lives according to established patterns of what society finds ideal. Through television, movies, music, books, magazines, and publicity we’re bombed with "guidelines" of how we should live our lives or what are the goals we should pursue. Most of the times we feel overwhelmed because our personal interests or personalities don’t match these ridiculous standards, and so, we think we’re useless. However, we all have different qualities that make us unique and that can, for sure, help us find our true life’s passion.
Few people really know what are their main goals or passions in life. Getting to know it can be difficult, especially, if we try to follow what others think or say. Life goes so fast that sometimes we don’t even have time to devote ourselves to our thoughts and to meditate about our lives and the things we want. So, take some time off, relax, and try answering these 25 questions that will help you find your real life’s passion.
1. Is your current life something your 8-year-old self would dream of?
Believe it or not, children have the most objective and simple conceptions about life. Always think how would your younger version think about your life decisions.
2. When you were a child what did you dream you'd become?
With adulthood, we tend to forget what really inspired us as children because we're told that we have to pursue a career that can be profitable. Think of what you dreamt of becoming when you were a kid; who knows, this can be your real passion.
4. Do you want to make contributions to the world? How would you do it?
Sometimes what really matters are not the intentions but the results. If you want to develop something that would make a change in this world, first you must think about the way you'd like to do it and how to achieve it.
5. What do you want to be remembered for?
Imagine this is your last day on Earth. Are you satisfied with the things you've done? If not, maybe it's time to reconsider things.
6. What would you do if you’d win the lottery?
Many times what holds us back to pursue our dreams is our economical situation. Imagine that all of a sudden you had a lot of money. What would you do with it? Money only takes you so far, gumption and passion are the fuels that will help you keep on going.
7. If you were granted a wish, what would you ask for?
Daily duties can also be a huge load that forces us to abandon our dreams. Try making a space on your schedule to do the things you enjoy.
8. What are the subjects you read about or browse the most?
Sometimes our life activities don't match our personal interests. Check what are the themes you frequently read about or search on the Internet.
9. What job wouldn’t you mind doing without receiving any payment for?
While it's true that no one can live without money, this question can reveal what are the activities or jobs you enjoy the most so that you can search for similar ones that can actually pay you.
11. What are the things you do today that make you really happy?
Find those moments or activities that actually move you.
12. What are the aspects you like the most from other people? Do you share them?
Sometimes we like those characteristics we share with others. If not, perhaps it's time to see how to implement them in your life.
13. Are you willing to risk your financial and emotional stability for something (or someone) you love?
This is, perhaps, one of the toughest questions of all. If your answer is yes, no matter the context, it can mean that you're not really satisfied with your life choices and you wish to explore other possibilities.
14. Have people around you shown concern about you life decisions?
We shouldn't base our life choices on other's opinions. However, if those close to you have manifested their concerns, you should question what's causing this feeling.
15. How do you feel every day when you wake up?
If you feel sad or you're not excited about your daily activities, probably they're not making you completely happy.
16. What makes you really proud of yourself?
When you are conscious of that part of yourself you're proud of, you can use it to find jobs or fields of knowledge where you can put your talent into practice.
17. What are the qualities you like the most about yourself?
These two questions reveal those features you're most comfortable with. These are probably those qualities that can make you succeed in the pursuit of your life's passion.
18. What would you do if you knew for sure that you can’t fail?
Just as money, sometimes fear of failing holds us from achieving things. Think of that dream you've always wanted to do but you didn't try because you were afraid of failing.
19. If you could go back in time, would you change anything you’ve done?
Think of those life choices you'd wish to change and see if doing something about it could help you change your life's path.
20. Do you picture sharing your future with someone? How relevant is this for you?
Many movies and books have shown us that the ultimate adult goal should be getting married and having children. There are people who want this and people who don't. Whichever the case, always think of what you really want and not about imposed social patterns.
21. What’s the thing you’ve done that has made you feel invincible?
We all have achieved something that has really make us proud of ourselves. Think of those moments to inspire you to follow your dreams.
22. What are your biggest fears?
Fears can prevent us from going forward. Analyze them and find a way to overcome them.
23. Do you have recurrent ideas or visions?
Maybe you have thought many times about a business idea or an activity you really want to do.
24. What are you most frequently praised for?
Things that people praise about yourself are probably those that make you unique and special. Think of them and see if you can turn them into future life plans.
25. How do you picture yourself in 5 years? Are you happy? Would you change anything?
Foreseeing the future can be as beneficial as harmful. Think about how would you feel if you'd continue doing the same things you're doing today. If you don't like what you're doing, think about what you'd really like to become and pursue it.
Of course, there are no right answers. The main purpose of these questions is to make us analyze those things that we take for granted. We should take them into account to really know if our life decisions are based on what we really desire or if we are constructing our lives according to set patterns.