Passion = Purpose

Over my spring break I got to reconnect with an old friend from my childhood. We talked about everything under the sun. And for a second, it reminded me of when we were kids and how we’d stay up on the phone for hours. He told me how this was the best part of his day. Knowing that after school, we’d get to talk. I got to learn a lot about him back then. It’s interesting to see us now. After graduating 8th grade, we took completely different paths. I went to one district and he went to another. After that, we fell out of contact…until now.

Once we reconnected, we wasted no time with small talk. Our conversation was about our plans in life, our goals and passions. He spoke about his passions for becoming an entrepreneur and opening a fitness center. As he spoke, you could see how thoughtful and passionate he felt about his future.

I realized I’ve never had a moment like this. I’ve never spoke so passionately about something. I’ve never even felt so passionately about something. At least not like he has.

College is about finding yourself and your passions. And as a junior, I’ve come a long way but I still have a ways to go. I’m still finding the things I like and don’t like. I’m learning about myself more and more each day.

My friend told me that you couldn’t move forward in life without having goals. You need to have goals and envision where you want to see yourself in the future. After setting these goals you then come up with a way to work towards them. This is the key to being happy and successful.

Usually, I take things one day at a time. I didn’t realize this until now. I need to start thinking about my future.

After graduating high school, I didn’t think I was ready to go to college. But my parents urged me to attend Michigan State University anyways. I came in clueless about what I even wanted to do. Fast forward a couple years and I’m still unsure. I haven’t really thought about it until now.

I see how important it is to have passions. Passion is what gives you that drive to work hard. It’s what motivates you towards your goals. Without it, you’re not truly making progress in life.

I was inspired this weekend. I was inspired to want to be the best version of me. I want to be hard working and passionate. I plan to be more goal-oriented. I want to try new things and expand on what I already enjoy. By doing so, hopefully I find my passion and my purpose.

Reconnecting with my old friend happened at the perfect time. I needed to hear everything he said because I needed motivation. It’s amazing how someone can inspire you to inspire yourself.