Finding your passion
There are, of course, plenty of ways to find your passion. Maybe you already have, and you're living it - that's great! Maybe you know what it is, but you haven't found a way to integrate it into your life. And, maybe, you don't even really know what your passion is. Here are three steps to invite your passion back into your life.
1. Go back to the beginning
To rediscover your passion, in my book the easiest way to do this is to think back to when you were a teenager or young adult, or even a kid. What really got you excited? What did you enjoy doing, in or out of school? What were your dreams for yourself? If you're like a lot of people, you had dreams for yourself that did not come true right away. That's okay. Life (the need to pay bills and care for children, for example) can make some of our dreams seem very distant. But what in all that you've named so far still gets you really excited?
2. Identify barriers
Once you have identified one or two things that you really enjoy or that make you feel fulfilled, look at how much those things are present in your life already. What are the barriers to having them front and center? Try to go beyond "time" and "money". Is it a question of qualifications? Or you don't know what career opportunities there might be in your field of interest?
3. Identify ways to get around those barriers
A lot of the time, it's actually very possible to change one's life, even to change one's career, but we don't do it because we don't break down the barriers and work out how to diminish them in a systematic way. If one way is blocked, what other ways can you find to get around that blockage?
You may need to do some work on your values during this process. What are your values about the importance of work, what position you hold, family, living your passion, your health, your spirituality, your free time, etc.? This will help when you have hard decisions to make about time and money.
You may also need to do some research. Did you know that the US is short some 25,000 pilots? Some airlines will even pay for your training if you agree to fly for them for a certain number of years. There are also many more ways to be a pilot than people often think: from an airline pilot to a crop duster to flying cargo.
Of course, it's not always possible to live our passion 100% in our daily lives, but I hope that with these three steps you'll be able to clarify some priorities and lead a more fulfilled life.