Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Today, ethnic beauties, I'd like to briefly discuss with you something that has often been referred to as 'passion.' Many times we've heard someone ask, 'what is your passion?' Or perhaps we've heard the phrase, 'I'm seeking my passion.' That evokes the question, what exactly is a person's passion? Well, I believe it is a calling, a mission, one's life's work, what they've been put on earth to do, above all else.
Now that brings up other statements which are very similar to, 'I don't know what my passion is.' Or 'I haven't a clue what I'm supposed to do...' Well know this, not everyone hears their calling when they are young. Some may even feel as though they will never know what their passion is. Why? Perhaps because amid our hectic lives we hear so many other voices...those of our parents or elders, telling us to do something that will make money, "You’ve got to pay the bills, you know..." We could have teachers and professors counseling us to choose certain paths, or significant others and friends who may even put pressure on us to work in specific arenas, for their own self-centered purposes. There are definite perks to you becoming, or continuing to be, a sports agent, etc.
Yet let us ask a big question. What happens years down the line? We may find ourselves at a crossroad. We might feel sorely conflicted about the path that we have chosen, albeit under duress. We may also feel frustrated, a great protion of the time, and as if we've outgrown so many things that have long surrounded us. We may have the profound sense that we are going nowhere, really, but we keep doing the same thing, because it is familiar. It's not risky. It is what we know.
So what can we do to get on the right track? How to get some momentum going? How can we begin to experience a sense of fulfillment? Will we ever find our passion? Must we quit our jobs and bear the sting of people sarcastically whispering, "She's trying to find herself." No, we don't have to go that far. We can start with a little prayer, asking to be led. Then we can jot down what it is that would really make us happy. There are books too, like career intuit Sue Frederick's I See Your Dream Job that might give us insight or a push in the right direction.
Don't be mistaken however; do not think that those closest to you will be happy for you or cheer you on. You will be rocking the boat, bucking the status quo, and that makes others uncomfortable. Still, you will have to ask yourself one question. Who are you living for -- you, or others alone? Once you realize that finding your passion will make you your best self; then take baby steps, if you desire. Just forget being a coward. Then while holding down a job that you have to grit your teeth to do, or living in a neighborhood or with someone that you abhor, you will know one thing. You are moving forward, and in time, your reality will sync up with what is in your mind.
Perhaps then you'll find yourself working with an organization like Diamond In The Rough, a faith-based development program that is dedicated to transforming the world...by helping ethnic girls, which in turn transforms families and communities. Or you'll create an ethnic jewelry-making cooperative, thereby putting others to work and generating an economic power base. Whatever you choose to do, remember...when getting to your passion, you are running a marathon, not doing a sprint. Prepare for this marathon, by increasing in strength and distance day by day. Do so as you collect magazines, information, and even class schedules pertaining to those things that intrigue you; then before you realize, you will have found your passion!
When that happens -- although our world may yet be in a time of upheaval, unrest and change -- you will be able to say as my ancestors did, 'I wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.'