Finding a Direction. Finding an Identity.

How do we find direction in a world which is constantly telling us to be faceless? How do we find direction when we’re being told to blend in? How do we find direction when we’re told to sit down, shut up, and do our job?

Work is beneficial to us. It allows us to provide for others, it gives us a purpose.

Work is about passion. If we’re not passionate in what we’re doing, then how can we find the direction we want to go?

As said in my last post, direction is related to identity. So what is your identity? Bear in mind, just because someone said to you “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian,” you don’t have to listen to them. Identity isn’t found by someone telling you that you should do a specific job. Absolutely listen to those people if their advice builds you towards what you’re passionate about, but ultimately you will still have to choose which way you want to go.

I spent the better part of my teenage years wandering without a direction. I didn’t understand who I was, so I didn’t understand what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I had been through 3 or 4 different things that I realized who I was. The journey can be longer for different people. Such an emphasis is placed on getting somewhere. Getting to the end of a degree. Getting a job. Getting this object which will fulfill all your desires. Get,get,get.

Identity may not be about that. The harder you hold onto a desire, the easier it will get away. That’s the nature of desire at it’s worst. At it’s best it gives you incentive. It makes you want to get up in the morning and get on with what you’re passionate about. Desire and passion are inextricably linked. So how do passion and desire help you to find who you are?

Ask yourself what you are most passionate about. Ask yourself what you desire most in the world. Ask yourself why you desire it and why you’re passionate about it. If you know why you want it, I’m sure you’ll figure out how to get it. Once you know who you are, you’ll be able to find out where you’re going. Once you realize that your identity doesn’t have to be tied to your desires, but that you need them to figure out who you are, then you’ll cease to be faceless. Once you’re no longer faceless, the world will know who you are and you’ll be able to impact it for the better.

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