Curiosity vs. passion

If, like me, you also have felt like you are in some way deficient for not having a true passion in your life, check out this interview with Elizabeth Gilbert. It completely changed my perspective. Instead of looking for a passion, maybe we would be better off just following our curiosity. Now, this takes a lot of pressure off…

“…curiosity is an impulse that just taps you on the shoulder very lightly and invites you to turn your head a quarter of an inch and look a little closer at something that has intrigued you.

And it may not set your head on fire. It may not change your life. It may not change the world. It may not even line up with previous things that you’ve done or been interested in. It may seem very random and make no sense.

And I think the reason people end up not following their curiosity is because they’re waiting for a bigger sign. And your curiosities sometimes are so mild and so strange. […]

And here’s the thing.

Sometimes following your curiosity will lead you to your passion. Sometimes it won’t.

And then guess what?

That’s still totally fine.

You’ve lived a life following your curiosity. You’ve created a life that is a very interesting thing, different from anybody else’s. And your life itself then becomes the work of art, not so much contingent upon what you produced, but about a certain spirit of being that I think is a lot more interesting and also a lot more sustainable.”

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