Too many passions, not enough time?
One of the challenges facing MultiPassionates is the passing of time. We perceive there is not enough time in our life to complete all the passions we want to explore. This often results in one of the following behaviours:
- we do nothing, getting caught up in analysis paralysis of which passion to make top prioirty
- we do it all NOW, trying to cram it all in.
Over my lifetime, I have fluctuated between these two extremes. I go through periods of inertia, spending countless hours in the wasteland of Facebook videos and memes. Then I am flooded with frenetic energy and obsessively throw myself into creative projects.
Margeret Lobenstine ,in her book The Renaissance Soul, has an anecdote to this. It is in the form of a simple, yet very powerful exercise.
A. Jot down the age you expect to live
B. Write down your present age
C. Subtract line B answer from line A answer
D. Write your present age again
E. Subtract your line C answer from your line D answer
So for me,
A = 92
B = 55
C = 37
D = 55
E = 18
What do these numbers represent?
C = the number of years you still have to pursue your passions; in my case 37 years
E = working backyards, the age you were the equivalent number of years ago; in my case, 37 years ago I was 18
Write down ALL the passions you have pursued between Age E and Age D. In my case all the passions I have pursued between age 18 and 55.
Here’s a partial list of the past 37 years of passions:
travelling (11 countries)
community musical theatre
open stage performances
professional Tarot reader
Information Technology certification
creativity coaching certification
Level 1 Reiki certification
Law of Attraction
craft store owner
vintage Italian cars
Did I mention this was a partial list? I didn’t even bother completing it. The point was well made.
If I have experienced all these passions in the past 37 years, imagine what I can experience in the next 37!
“But Eliza, what if you don’t make it to 92? That’s pretty old.”
Okay, if I lower it to age 80, that means my list should be based on age 30 to 55. I reviewed my ‘already accomplished list’ and only knocked 3 items off the list! My partial list!
No need for inertia; no need to accomplish everything now.
Just pick a couple of passions and dive in. I have 37 years of passion exploration.
Whew! What a freaking relief.
Think there isn’t enough time to pursue your passions? Do this exericse. Seriously, it’s a game changer.
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