My Thoughts About Pursuing Passion: (Jackhammers and Hummingbirds)

"Pursue your passion"

This is the most overwhelming and stressful advice that I’ve ever heard of in my life.

Because to be honest, I don’t know what my passion is. 

All I know is that I want to do and explore different kinds of things. And in this world where “doing your passion” is seen as the best way to live, I felt that I was not qualified.

Years ago, I had the notion that when someone reached 20, he/she should have been able to determine what he/she wants to do with his/her life.

That’s why when I turned 20 and I still don’t know what to do, I felt pressured and somehow discouraged.

I’ve also reached the point when I just felt envious of the people looking happy and doing something that they are proud of.

It was not the best place to be but because of what happened, I became interested with resources that talks about mindset and self-development.

I know that I am not alone and there’s also some people who’s been trying to figure out what they want to do with their life.

So I want to share Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk:

In this clip, Elizabeth Gilbert said that there are two kinds of people in the world: The Jackhammers and the Hummingbirds. The Jackhammers are the ones who got their passion figured out. They know what they want to be and they are on their way there. Elizabeth Gilbert was one of them.

And then, there are hummingbirds, those people who move from one thing to another. Trying different stuffs and combining what they learned from each one, creating their own complex and beautiful life by cross-pollinating.

If you are a jackhammer, I just want to say that I admire you and you are blessed because you know what your passion is. So go for it, don’t be afraid to take that step. I’m rooting for you!

But if you are a hummingbird, I just want you to know that you are not alone and that we hummingbirds, can still live a life that’s fruitful and wonderful. Don’t be scared to follow your curiosity. Don’t be scared to be different.

One thing that I’ve learned towards pursuing life is that we need to accept who we are, accept where we are and just move forward and keep growing. We should do the things that we think we’ll enjoy without hesitations.

We are not a failure just because we haven’t figured out what we want to do with our life. So don’t be afraid to let go of “passion” and follow your “curiosity.”

And good things always happen when we pursue something we are interested in, we always learn. Learning something new is never a waste of time.

So what is it that sparks your interest lately? Whatever it is, I would love to hear it! I would also like to encourage you to take the first step today. Please feel free to share it in the comment section! <3

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