What is your passion?

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What is your passion? About what are you passionate?

I was asked those questions last week during a job interview. My answer? “I don’t know.”

After saying I didn’t know, I looked left, and I looked right. Then I asked out loud, “What am I passionate about?” (Please ignore my poor grammar, Mum.)

“Writing.” I said quickly – assuming responding to the question 8 minutes later is considered quickly. “I love to write. I’ve always loved to write.”

“Have you ever been published or paid for your written work?”

Oh sure. Try to put my writing in a box. My passion is pointless unless I’m paid or published, eh? I thought to myself.  “No. I haven’t published anything. I wrote for a local magazine for a couple of years, but it was not a paid gig.”

“Do you have any other passions?”

“Do I have any other passions?” Again, I look to the left, and I look to the right. And again I respond, “I don’t know.”

What is your passion? Do you have a passion or do you have passions? And, because I am famous for asking back to back questions, without leaving any time for an answer, let me throw in one more question, is it possible for a person’s passion to be fluid like water: ever flowing and ever changing?

According to Merriam-Webster, the word passion means several things. Coincidentally, Passion is used to describe the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death. (Timely, since we just celebrated Easter.) Passion also means suffering, emotion, ardent affection, sexual desire, a strong liking or desire, an outbreak of anger, etc. Passion is not confined to one thing. So, why do I become nervous when someone asks me about my passion? And, why is it a struggle for me to name my passion(s)?

I have interests; are interests weaker versions of passions?

This morning, as I prepared for my 2nd interview (apparently, one does not need to know his/her passion in life to be called back), I asked myself the question again. I wanted to be ready to respond with greater – wait for it – passion, if asked again. Then I remembered a note I sent to a friend late last night regarding the U.S. government. I’m passionate about politics. When I think about the trouble this country is in financially, I am overcome with anger. I have a strong desire to crack some political skulls. And, I don’t care if the politician is red, yellow, black or white – Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Tea Party, etc. We all need to work together. All of us. Yes, you too.

I'm passionate about my kids' education.

As I started thinking about politics, I began to think about government schools. As I began to think about government schools, I realized I am passionate about our education system. Furthermore, I am passionate about keeping our boys enrolled in a Montessori/International Baccalaureate school. I have a deep interest in the education of my boys to the point that I am looking for a second part-time job, so I can fund their private school enrollment.

I'm passionate about the weather.

Today, when my NOAA weather radio alarm rang alerting me of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, I was reminded of the fact that I have a passion for weather. I also love the fact that my passion for weather is known by many of my friends and loved ones. In fact, my friend called me shortly after the alarm sounded. (She has a weather radio, too. I gave it to her.) She wanted to know why I didn’t alert her to the chance of storms. I quickly said in my defense, “We only had a 30% chance of rain. I wasn’t expecting storms.” OK. Sorry. This paragraph is not really needed in this post, but I really love weather. (Yes, brother Joe D., I really love writing and talking, too.)

Hmm. Seems I do have passions. I just needed to look outside the employment box. I wonder if my passion for storms will get me hired by my prospective employer. Stay tuned. I was told I would be informed by Friday.

Again I ask, what is your passion?

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10 thoughts on “What is your passion?

  1. annabachinsky

    Awesome post! I’m the same when it comes to being asked what my passions are… My mind goes blank and I have no idea where to even begin with knowing what to say. It’s always good to remember what we’re passionate about because that’s what we (hopefully) live for every day. I hope you get the job! 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment, Anna, and thank you for the well wishes on the job. I am happy to hear I am not the only one who suffers from a blank mind when asked about my passion. Happy Monday! ~ Lenore

  2. For me, that question is in the same category as, “What’s new in your life?” I go blank. But come out for a walk with me. My passion comes out within the intimacy afforded by nature, I have a passionate concern for the elderly, but I haven’t been paid for that. I will crawl on my belly like a 5 year old to get a good photo. I’ve never been paid for that. I have a huge passion for the world to transform into a love sphere that will save the planet. Nope, no pay…well, good luck with the job!

    • So true, Soul Dipper. I have the same blank response whenever I’m asked ‘What’s new?’
      I loved your walk – I do many of the same things, though I make double what you make. 🙂
      Thanks for the good luck about the job. We’ll see how it goes ….

  3. Wonderfully fun post… reading it, I was passionate about how I would have 1) handled that question and 2) kept a straight face (the interviewer sounded a little moronic but I hope if it’s a job you want that you get it! ).

    Passions … I have to say it’s music, cooking, my family (hubbs, boys, daughter in law and grands). Also I am fiercely patriotic.

    I cry every time the National Anthem is sung. I am passionate about what it took for me to become a citizen of this country; I passionately encourage others to feel what I know in my heart: that this is a great nation, that we do more right than we do wrong, and that we can fix what’s bankrupting us.

    **Ahem — sorry I’ll get off my soapbox now.

    I’m passionate about doing the right thing when no one’s looking, about chats with my Mom as though she’s my best girlfriend and not an 80 year old lady, and mostly, about joyously experiencing all life brings to me… like blogging and meeting people like you!

    Cheers & come visit again, MJ

    • So glad you visited and commented, MJ. I love your passions. Sweet and sincere.

      Your comment about the interviewer made me laugh. He is an engineer, so I gave him a pass. My husband is an engineer. I know of what I type. 🙂

      I’ll join you on the soap box to say, I have hope Americans are paying more attention to the severity of our financial situation. My hope may be the Pollyanna in me, but I do believe folks are paying greater attention. Changes are needed, and the changes needed are going to be tough to take. Alas, it is the only way we can recover. Ok. I’m done. 🙂

      Thank you for visiting! Cheers to you! ~ Lenore

  4. The word passion seems to imply a burning focus on one thing. I think a well-rounded person is passionate about many things, and that those passions aren’t all present at the same time. That’s probably why you had trouble answering the question. You also may have been caught by surprise, as I would be; what difference does it make what your passions are? Was it an indirect (or clumsy) way of asking about your values?

    And about your passion for weather, when is it going to warm up in Atlantic Canada?

    • I wonder if the purpose was a clumsy way of asking about values. That is an interesting thought, Charles. And yes, I was caught by surprise.
      The weather in Atlantic Canada? Yes, well, you’ve got another month before the chilly becomes quite comfortably chilly.

      Thanks for your comment, Charles. I appreciate it! ~ Lenore

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