The Value of Pursuing a Passion

If you’re not a first time reader of my blog, you’ll know by know that yes, I am a person with quite a lot of interests and passions. [If you are a new reader well, hello and welcome! You can know a little more about me here πŸ™‚ ]

I have encountered many people who are convinced that having a hobby or diverse interests could not be good, “in the end, they are all distractions to more important stuff” they say, or on the other hand, there are people who do not really have a hobby and because of this the don’t really Β understand how it feels having one. Last but not least, one of my uni teachers who conducted a survey to prove that people who are involved in extra-curricula activities have lower grades than people who are totally focused into uni.

Well, as my mother always thought me “The world is beautiful because it’s diverse.”

But you, you who you’re reading this and you can relate to this words or you are actually one of the people mentioned above, please consider reading this little list of points I wrote down about why having a passion can be a great advantage for yourself:

  1. By having other interests besides your job/study you can actually develop different skills that you’ll find useful applying in other fields as well. For example, by overcoming my stage fright when singing (if you want to know about it click here πŸ˜‰ ) I now have no problems during presentations I often have to do at uni, both if it is just in front of my teacher or a bigger audience.
  2. Your hobby/passion can be a great tool to connect with new people who might be inspiring and at the same time advantageous to discover new things. An example can be blogging, when I started blogging I would have never thought that the bloggers community would have been so big and such a support. I am so grateful to be part of this world and to connected (and some of them met as well) with amazing people all with different backgrounds but united by same ways of thinking!
  3. It’s a great way of de-stressing and getting new motivation! How many of us have super stressful and busy moments where, maybe because of tiredness or too much work we Β also lack of motivation? Well I believe that in these cases finding time for yourself and doing what you like the most is the best cure! For me is singing or travelling, when I sing I totally disconnect from what’s going on in my life and I just concentrate on enjoying the moment. Same with travelling, even by just exploring a new neighbourhood of London, helps me free my mind for a while and the curiosity of seeking something new prevails on everything else.

 

What about you? Which are your passions and do you think they have secondary benefits as well? I’d love to hear from you!Β 

 

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This post was written by Lisa, an Italian girl globetrotting around Europe, blues&soul music lover and singer, addicted to crafting & healthy food. Oh yes, and in the meanwhile she’s a Marketing student.

Mmmm what else? She’s definitely a morning person, really lazy when it comes to make up and could spend more time in a stationary store than in a clothes one –

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26 Comment

  1. Debbie says: Reply

    YES Lisa, I agree! My passion is forgivingconnects … this blog, videos that I do, and maybe writing a book and doing workshops. And also gardening. And running. πŸ™‚

    I’m looking a lot about what I want to create for 2017, and your post is helpful. You are so creative and enthusiastic, thanks.

    I’m off to a spiritual retreat for a week. Take good care of yourself,
    Debbie

    1. Thank you for reading Debbie! Oh that’s so great, enjoy your week!! πŸ™‚

  2. Tay says: Reply

    Totally agree with you Lisa! I love traveling which has benefited me in that I’ve had so many opportunities to meet new people who I have made long lasting friendships with! Thanks for sharing these points!

    1. Yess exactly, travelling is so great from so many point of views! Thanks for reading Tay! πŸ™‚

  3. Damn, what kind of psycho professor thinks people shouldn’t have passions outside of school? I didn’t end up getting a job based on what I studied in uni; my extracurriculars got me the skills I needed for my job! Plus what kind of capitalist nightmare is it to be someone who just works works works with nothing else going on in their life?

    1. Yes exaclty!! That’s what I think as well! I couldn’t stand living like that at all!

  4. Giulia says: Reply

    What you’ve listed here is SO accurate! That’s the amazing thing about blogging, you can actually combine all of your passion into one place, and in the end blogging becomes a passion too! Amazing post! x

    1. Yesss exactly! Thank you for reading Giulia and for the nice comment ❀️

  5. Such a good post and important topic to discuss. This is a great reminder for those who get too busy to do something they love! It’s good for the soul! x

    1. Thank you Charlotte, I’m glad you liked it ❀️

  6. I agree! ONe of my passions has always been children’s books. When the were no teaching jobs available, I turned it into my blog which lets me be home with my daughter!

    1. Oh that’s so nice!! Thank you for sharing, I love reading experiences of others! πŸ™‚

  7. Who on earth said that having passions is a bad thing!? Shoot, NOT having passions is one of the reasons I finally started to blog! It feels good to have my “thing” and throw myself into it. I light up when talking about my blog, and I love to see others do the same when talking about the things they love. It gives life a whole extra dimension.

    1. Yes right?! I totally feel the same!! Thank you for your nice comment Beth! πŸ™‚

  8. Daria says: Reply

    Totally agree Lisa! Passions and hobbies are important-they add a richness to our lives. You know the old story, no one ever says on their deathbed “I wish I’d worked more.” I feel really sorry for your professor.

    1. Yes exactly, thank you Daria for reading and for your support! πŸ™‚

  9. Joleene says: Reply

    YAY to multi passionate-ism! I’m with you all the way. We are taught to do “one thing” growing up, and that more than one thing is a distraction. Just not true!

    1. Thank you Joleene! πŸ™‚

  10. sarah says: Reply

    Very true!! I always say that by travelling you can find your passion – it doesn’t have to be travel, it might be nursing or teaching.

    1. I totally agree Sarah! Travelling is so open-minding! πŸ™‚

  11. Great advice. The hobbies and interests are the important stuff – everything else just gets in the way πŸ™‚

    1. Exactly! Thanks for stopping by Kim! πŸ™‚

  12. I have a passion for writing on Odyssey, and have developed a passion for wanting to do social work as a career. I have to start thinking about going to graduate school pretty soon! I think our passions can help us develop our skills within what we want to do meanwhile the things that we think we would like to do ends up being things that we can’t see ourselves doing

    1. Exactly Christina, I think the same! Thank you for sharing your opinion and for reading! πŸ™‚

  13. Hi, I loved this. I totally agree. You can have many passions because the world is diverse and it’s yours for the taking. Whatever your passion is, put your whole heart into it because it’s yours. My passion right now is my blog. Encouraging people to create a life that they can be happy with, by discovering who they are on the inside. Because in my opinion, if you truly know yourself, then your life can and will be amazing. Great post. Can’t wait to read more. πŸ™‚

    1. Yess exactly!! You’ve got my point! Thank you for reading and leaving this lovely comment! πŸ™‚

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