What’s your Thing?

whats-your-thing1There are certain things in life that we have to do, and there are those that we simply love to do. We all have certain chores that we have to do each day to provide for a prosperous, clean and healthy life. These are the the things we have to do. We do them because we know that there is an award attached in the form of satisfaction. When we go to work we know that it will provide a paycheck that pays the bills. We food shop to have readily available food and we clean to feel comfortable in our bodies and our homes. We don’t necessarily feel too much excitement about doing them other than when they are done.

And then there are those things in life that we love to do. Whether it be arts and crafts, a weekend sport, or traveling. The list is limitless and whatever it is that we love to do we can often find thousands of others who also love doing it.

It is too often that these two elements get mixed and confused and we get so involved in doing the things that we need to do that we start believing that they are the things that we love to do. We tend to get overly attached to a job and actually allow that job to define us. When the question is asked, “What do you do”? The automatic response is usually our job title. The question is never asked, “What are you most passionate about”? If it were what would be your response?

There are those who know exactly what they love to do, but there are others who just have no idea. I believe that when we stop to actually think about it most of us can put together a list of many things. I love to write, take hikes into the wilderness, take pictures, travel and spend time with family and friends. I love the challenges of technology and enjoy learning new things about it. I love gardening in the spring, summer and fall and love to find time to read in the winter. I love going to the farmers market on Saturday mornings and being around like minded people. I love quiet conversation with my spouse and sharing our thoughts of the day. I suppose my passions are pretty vast and change frequently.

I know other’s who have one simple answer to this question. They know and understand that their is just one thing that they enjoy most. They talk about this one thing most of the time and know everything about the subject. They manage to find the single thing in life that brings them the most joy and make this one thing their whole life.

When our worlds cross into the things we have to do with the things we love to do we find those who have learned to create a business out of their passions. People who have discovered a way to make a product that could be as simple as hotdogs and turn it into profits to where their job is their passion. In their case going to work each day is “their Thing”.

I bring these things into account as lately I have struggled with defining exactly what it is that I am most passionate about. There are so many things that I find pleasure in doing each day and am always finding something new. I have been this way my whole life and each time I discover something new I submerge myself in learning all I can about it. After tussling with the question, “What is your thing”? I have finally realized that the answer to the question is “life”. My thing is building wisdom around many subjects that all intertwine into this thing called “My Life”. I find it hard to attach a single label to myself and suppose that other’s may have the same problem attaching a label to me. This is a good thing because I do despise labels as they should be attached to things and not people.

I suppose that this may also be a reason why my blog is such a mixed bag of subjects. Sometimes I find it difficult assigning “categories” and “tags” to my posts as the post itself contains so many area’s of interest to me. I know that most successful writers find their success through sticking with just one subject. The problem I have is that doing that “is not my thing”.
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About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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10 Responses to What’s your Thing?

  1. Kim Smyth says:

    I feel the same way, and my blog too is a mixture of subjects and topics, even though I try to link them all to alternative health in some way. However, if asked what my “thing” is, my passion has always been music. Listening to it, learning the lyrics, learning to play instruments and most of all, singing! But never making it onstage. That was a dream I gave up long ago and now I am satisfied with my subscription to satellite radio and can’t live without my Octane rock station. I could go on and on but I will just say, though I’m passionate about a lot, besides my husband and children, music is my one true “love”!

  2. I really love going on Disney Cruises. However I don’t want to admit that is my passion and my thing because then it makes the rest of my life seem bad – equivalent to when someone says “I live for vacation” and it seems that they must not have a very good life if they are always looking to get an escape from it. The rest of my life is good, I just don’t know if there are other things in life that I love as much as being on a Disney Cruise. That may sound shallow but I’m thinking it just might be true…

  3. Wanderings! Both mental and physical! And being open to where either type ends up! I think that retirees who don’t consider their passions, as you have above, are the ones who end up withering away in front of a television. It’s OK to have lots of different interests – Dang…I wonder how we found time to work!

  4. kkeevins says:

    Hahahahaha. Never in my life have I been able to answer that question! There are so many things and listing them STILL wouldn’t answer the question! Tomorrow there could, and probably will be something new.
    Writing = #1. After that, it gets pretty crowded in my little corner my things I love to do.

    Two things I’ve noticed that I’m NOT crazy about doing anymore –gardening. It’s in my past and now I just appreciate from afar. Also, cooking. I’m happy keeping the economy strong and eating out. That doesn’t mean I can’t cook — it means given the choice, I’ll make a reservation.

    “My Thing?” God, Bill, that’s a tough question. If I really had to choose, I’d say FLYING and then WRITING about it. πŸ™‚

    OR — Art, live theatre, music, museums, crafts of EVERY type, furniture — of the trash to treasure sort (FUN!), reading, curiosity reigns!

    Why did you have to ask? My head is spinning. πŸ™‚

  5. I too have to confess to struggling with what makes me passionate. I do like to cook but it’s a means to an end, I like to walk but only REALLY enjoy in the summer and I enjoy the gym but am not passionate about it. I have said for some time now that I need a hobby so I am right there with you Bill!!!

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