“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” – E.E Cummings
When we decide to make the decision to find out who we are as an individual and change our life for the better, there are usually many situations and life choices that we have made that have brought us to this cross roads within our lives. For others it could be they may feel a sense of emptiness or questioning one’s sense of purpose for the future or as if there is something more or missing within their life and are looking at ways to discover a new interest in life,
Finding out about who you’re isn’t always an easy road. You’re working in a hectic day job or juggling your families needs that takes up a lot of your time and energy, and while you know it’s not what you love, you can’t even manage cooking your own dinner that night, let alone discovering a new interest.
In saying that it can be quiet easy to get caught up in all the noise and distractions if you’re itching to discover a new interest, then it’s time to clear your schedule and commit to making it your number one priority.
When you decide to find out who you rare, you’re making an important commitment to yourself. You’re saying at you’re a top priority and you’ll be finding things in life that you truly enjoy. When you have a true passion for life you never feel like life is a chore. Your whole attitude and personality may even shift for the better.
Below are some ways on how to discover new interests and finding out about who your are. Who knows where it may lead!!
- Learn a New Skill – Most interest or passions start with a new skill. Footballers, Singers and Painters all started their skills at one point and changed their life. The best part about learning new skills is that you can try one for a few days to get a feel for it. Look at taking a few classes at your local community college to figure out if it’s right for you.
- Explore and Discover –When we look at finding our new passion/interest in life, it usually means getting a fresh outlook at the world you’re in. Travel can open you up to who other people live which could inspire you to something amazing. Even if you go into your capital city and be a tourist for the day and explore the local museums, art galleries or walking tour to gain a new prospect of your local city. However, travelling isn’t the only way to do this. Take a walk to a nearby park or walk by the beach. Anything that will get you in a reflective state of mind will work. This will get you focused on the things that are important to you.
- Look at joining local interest groups such as Bowling, Cooking Classes, Movies, Theatre Groups, Live Music Groups, Running, Walking and Swimming. There are many ways in which you can find local interest groups like this through Local Newspapers, Local Notice Boards at Shopping Malls or Supermarkets, Community Colleagues, Libraries or even on Websites such as Meetup.com (where by they specify interest groups in your local area that you can join, and its free to sign up!)
Always remember to be open to new experiences and to meet new people along the way. Most people enjoy the comfort of living their lives in a similar fashion from day to day. Though if you haven’t yet discovered your passion for life yet, ti probably isn’t going to fall in your lap. You need to be open to new experiences, because you never know where life will take you!!
What new interests have you discovered?
Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.