What makes you get out of bed in the morning? Think about something that is only about you. (Be selfish here.) What gives you life like a breath of fresh air? Self-care is not only about healing. An important part of your self-care journey is nurturing your passions & fire and holding space for what makes you truly happy on the inside.
Why Self-Care = Nurturing Your Passions
Google the definition of self-care and you’ll see that self-care means “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” For me and in this context, self-care means preserving my mental and emotional health by not ignoring what ignites me and gives me life. Self-care means pursuing and nurturing my interests as an opportunity to grow and learn. It’s also a chance to seek after what makes me happy.
Can you really nurture your own mental and emotional health if you don’t acknowledge and tend to what you’re passionate about in this life? I don’t think you can. (I tried it and one day I’ll have the courage to share how and why that doesn’t work.)
Perhaps your life doesn’t allow you to pursue your passion full-time. I’ve learned that this doesn’t mean you stop pursuing this fire altogether! Take care of you by finding time weekly (even daily if you can) to pursue your passions. You might have to get creative here, too. Say you’re passionate about aquatic life. Maybe one day or week you have to take a free class or watch a documentary about aquatic life while you save up for a trip to a marine wildlife rescue center. The next week or month, you may read a book about marine rescue.
Keep reading to learn how to identify your passions and fire.
I grew up thinking that I knew what I was passionate about in my life.
I was wrong.
Maybe I wasn’t wrong per se but just confused. I ignored any other passion in my life thinking that I wouldn’t be happy pursuing those things. Do you want to know something funny? My friends and colleagues could see the things that light me on fire; they predicted that in the future, I’d being pursuing these passions. Of course, I laughed and didn’t believe them.
Well the joke is on me. I find myself spending hours reading blogs, articles, and other resources about social media marketing, strategies, and trends. No lie, I can spend endless amounts of time reviewing social media analytics and strategizing future content based on those analytics.
I rediscovered my fire. And despite my endless fears and self-doubt, I’m wholeheartedly pursuing my fire with faith and hard-work. (You can follow me on that journey here!)
Pursuing this passion (even if I can’t full-time) feels like I can function again. I feel lighter.
Determining Your Fire
If you’re reading this and can’t figure out your fire, consider these questions:
1) What topics do you find yourself willingly researching?
2) Review the accounts you follow on social media. Is there commonality among the accounts?
3) What were you passionate about before you had to pursue other career opportunities?
4) Do you enjoy watching documentaries with similar topics? What is that topic?
5) Think of the books that you’ve read. Which books did you enjoy reading? is there commonality among those books?
May your journey in pursuing and nurturing your passions be as freeing as mine.
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