Rule of thumb: A passion is something you find yourself doing all the
time, when you have time, throughout your life. It`s what you look back
and see you`ve done when things were going great, but also when you
were at the end of your rope.
I used to think music was my passion because it was so engrossing, I
did it all the time, and even went into the business. Then I got into
computers, preferring database formation (not development) and
manipulating masses of data.
Eventually, I got into philosophy, always wondering what the heck is
the connection between these three seemingly unrelated areas.
It took awhile, but I started to understand something. I like words,
semantics, and making clear and concise definitions. Music, using its
own language, produces songs as "words-concepts." I never wrote my own
songs because I was far more interested in arranging. I took existing
songs, the way they`d been done, then I heard my version of how it
"should have" been done.
I was successful as a copy band, with many unusual arrangements, but
not successful as an original music writer. I saw that I was "defining"
the songs that existed.
Same with computers and databases. People had lots of disorganized
data, and I saw how it connected, related, linked, and could be
organized. Philosophy is the same, with an organization of chaotic
Ultimately, I saw that I like to "speak words." Whether that language
is music, database technology, logic, or philosophy, it`s all the same.
I play keys on a piano and out comes language. I play keys on a
computer input keyboard, and up comes language on the monitor. Now, I
input belief and out comes logical analysis.
What you`ve been doing over your life is a "symptom" of the underlying
passion. See if you can go deeper into your love of guitar-playing,
working with wood, and manipulating IT, to maybe discover the single
process that joins all three.
People who love problem-solving often experience a real and physical
sensation of balance (harmony, to use another word, or symmetry). It`s
not that they want problems and like finding solutions. It`s that they
feel physically uncomfortable when something is "out of place."
So too, some people become insulin junkies. They love the rush of low
blood sugar, then the push of insulin. It`s dangerous, but they get a
real and physical "high" from what other wouldn`t ordinarily notice.
Look to what makes you physically feel good and excited. Look over your
life, and find those few times when you really and truly felt perfect.
All was right with the world, you were doing what you were meant to do,
so to speak. What were you actually working on at those times? Then,
extract the underlying "global" concept. That`s your passion.