Open Ticket Finding Your Passion Stephanie Spitler

Obviously, traveling is something I like to do. A lot. Anywhere and any time I can. It’s more than a hobby; it’s a passion. I knew it right away, as soon as I took my first big trip. Actually, I might’ve known sooner. I might have realized it at the first Waffle House we visited on a family vacation, or the first time I gazed out of the car window and realized that nothing looked familiar. And as I got older and traveling became about more than just family road trips and cheap souvenirs, I knew it was fatal. I’d been bitten by the travel bug, and the effects were permanent.

But just because travel is my first love, that doesn’t mean I don’t have other passions. I love reading and writing and listening to embarrassing ’90s pop songs. I like riding my bike and hiking and while I can’t say I love running, I do love the feeling I get after a good run. So, what’s my point? My point is that you should find your passions, all of them, and let them lead you where they will.

It’s easy to let things fall by the wayside. I haven’t traveled as much as I’d like in the last few years, and I can give you a long list of reasons why. But they don’t really matter. What does matter is that I got a little lost; I took a detour on the road of work-and-responsibilities-and running-errands-and-just-feeling-so-tired. It’s a road we all have to travel down at times, but I ignored the side streets of exploring-your-own-backyard and just-having-fun, and the parallel highway of feeding-your-passions.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about things like growing up, and what I want my life to be about. I’ve been considering the things I do too much and the things I don’t do enough. There are some things I need to do more, and some things I’ve started doing (see: running) that I need to continue. It’s all about balance. I tend to fixate on one thing to the exclusion of others. I know that about myself, and I’m trying to fix it.  I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolution type girl. It always made more sense to me to make my resolutions at the real beginning of the year (in my mind, the real new year starts on that first sunny, still-summer day of school, not January 1).

I feel like this time of year is always about change. Even though it’s been a long time since I bought notebooks and pens and slung a backpack filled with school supplies over my shoulder, that rhythm from my first 22 years has stuck with me. For me, September is a time of new beginnings, uncertain challenges, and excitement about the unknown. Whether you’re heading back to school or heading out into the “real world,” don’t forget to bring your passion along with you and let it help direct which roads you explore.

What’s your passion?

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  1. As cheesy as it might sound, I am super passionate about fashion. I’d love to be a designer as I am too awkward (looks and personality, in my opinion!) to model. But I still am not sure what my biggest passion is. I’m 20 years old and my major in school has changed at least 5 or 6 times. I get depressed because I don’t know what I’m meant to be doing with my life.

  2. I think you and I might be the same person. This post is EXACTLY how I’ve been feeling as of late.

  3. I love writing and working with kids. The happiest times I remember are when I am embraced in a idea for a story and can’t think of anything else but finishing it. Or when I am playing with little kids and just enjoying their company. That sounds totally wrong, but I mean it in the best sense.

  4. My passion is definitely traveling. I love to travel and I miss the impulsive travels. I love getting lost in a new country and not knowing the language. For the past couple of years, it’s been difficult for me to do since I think I lost my way but I am getting back on that train and looking forward to possibly moving back to South Korea to teach English and eat DELICIOUS FOODS!!! :)

  5. I’m not sure what my passion is, yet. There are many things I love, music more than anything, but I can’t see myself as a professional musician. I love reading books, writting a bit, dancing a bit. Cinema, fireplaces, pens & pencils, tea, pretty much anything involving chocolate, autumn, bicycles, maxi skirts. I don’t have one Passion, maybe it will dawn to me one day, though. Cheers!

  6. I am a Chef, or at least I will be. I also love writing, music, photography, watercolors, and knitting. But no matter what I am doing, cooking seems to be the only thing that sticks. It’s all I want to do with my life. I’ve known since I was 7 years old what I was going to do. That’s my passion.

  7. I love to perform, and for years, I’ve had nothing but roadblocks (Mental, job related, authority figures not giving me a chance) getting in my way. I have been faced with unemployment and the difficulty of finding a regular job. But I decided that with this struggle, that I would be more serious about what I really want and that’s following my own passion. Especially since I’ve been the type of person that doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore. It just takes knowing what you want out of life and going after it while accepting your day to day responsibilities.