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Finding your passion and purpose can happen suddenly through an unexpected chain of events. And with little to no planned effort on your part.
For me, all it took was Googling the answers to a few random questions … and the same process might work for you.
So… do you have any burning questions you’ve always wanted answered … about life, the world, existence, or about yourself?
Questions that nag at you from deep down in your soul.
Questions that others have tried to answer, but the answers they’ve preached to you didn’t satisfy that longing within you. And maybe their answers even made you cringe … as if you were listening to a musician playing ‘wrong notes’.
Have you had an experience like that?
If so, I have good news for you! If not, you might some day, so this will interest you as well.
Searching for the answers to your deepest questions can lead you towards a new passion in life or even your life’s purpose.
Which means … you already hold the catalyst that’ll lead you to your passion and purpose within you right now!
Yup, you read that right.
And guess what?
If you’re curious about how all this works, all you have to do is keep reading. In this blog post, I’m going to share an unusual story with you about how this exact phenomenon happened to me during my last year of college.
How to Find Your Passion When You’re Depressed
My unexpected journey towards passion and purpose started in 2004 with a local (southern Pennsylvania) vampire myth. I heard about it from one of my college roommates during one of our apartment parties.
Sidebar… I’d been obsessed with vampire-related stuff since I was a young kid. Movies, books, supernatural powers … you name it, I loved it.
And if that wasn’t enough, I dressed up as Dracula almost every other year for Halloween during elementary school.
If you’ve read my story in my blog’s welcome post or in Discover Your Life Purpose, you know that I battled depression throughout high school and college. And something about being in those self-deprecating emotional states made me relate to (fictional) vampires even more.
The movies, The Queen of the Damned and Interview with the Vampire spoke to me more so than most vampire stories. Because to me they were all about the eternal suffering of an isolated experience. Being different from those around you, self-hatred, not having control of yourself, etc.
In other words, it reminded me of a deeply depressed and isolated state. Similar to the state of my reality at that time.
And it was while I was in that state that I heard about the ‘York Springs vampire legend’.
Since I was up all night with insomnia most nights anyway, I had nothing better to do than search the internet to see if there was any reality to it.
While I didn’t find enough information to prove that particular myth’s validity, what I did uncover blew my mind and changed my entire understanding of reality.
Every Answer Has a Question (Yeah, You Read That Right)
What I discovered during my vampire lore research was a hidden subculture of ‘real vampires’! With more information and inter-related websites than I could’ve ever imagined.
It was like a never ending buffet for a vampire fanboy. And I could’ve talked for hours about what I learned, but to summarize it…
Some of these “human vampires” talked about being born that way while others said they were turned. Usually as a result of some kind of traumatic experience they’d undergone at a young age.
The trauma had awakened something inside of them. And as a result, reversed (or disconnected) their life force energy (chi, prana) to the point that they had to take energy from others to survive. Without it, they would feel lethargic, go into depression, or get physically ill.
Psi’s and Sangs
There were two classes of real vampires. Sang’s (short for sanguinarian) who drank small amounts of human blood to absorb energy and Psi-vamps, who were psychic vampires. These were the ‘energy vampires’ who could manipulate life force energy and pull it directly from another human’s aura.
I related most with the Psi form of vampire. From my deep state of depression, anxiety, and despair, it did feel as if my energy was running in reverse. And emotionally charged interactions usually recharged me, enlivening my energy. Allowing me to feel better (less fatigued and depressed) for a short period of time.
As my curiosity grew, what began as external research had turned inward into a journey of self-awareness.
And a new, insatiable passion had arisen.
I needed to know why I was the way I was, how to do the energy pulling and shielding techniques they talked about, and to find out what other mysteries of life had been hidden from me.
Asking the Right Questions Can Lead You to a New Passion
Attempting to answer my original questions had led to a whole world full of new questions!
The process was so exciting! And unlike my college curriculum, I could personally relate to this new quest for knowledge. I instantly realized how it could help me understand myself and make my life better.
It was the act of searching for answers to those questions about energy, auras, empaths, meditation, and chakras that led me to my first new passion in years … metaphysics.
My inner curiosity (and intuition) took over and directed the search. I was happiest while following it, so I kept following it up its winding mountain into the unknown.
And although I didn’t realize it at the time, my new passion for learning (outside of school), metaphysics, and solving life’s mysteries, were the first steps towards finding my purpose and creating a new, more fulfilling, depression-free life.
Follow Your Intuition to a New Passion and Purpose
The whole ordeal began as a strange twist of fate. And took me into places I would’ve never thought to explore on my own.
I didn’t stay with the ‘real vampire’ mindset or energy abilities for long, but I’m extremely grateful that it all happened. And that I was brave enough to withhold my judgments and follow an unknown path that helped me find a new passion and purpose.
How did you discover some of the passions in your life? Let me know in the comment section below.
If you’re like I was at the beginning of this story and could use a new passion (or two) in your life, make sure you download the free worksheet below. It’ll help you find a new passion fast.
6 thoughts on “How to Find Your Passion and Purpose … by accident!”
This is a great post! I like how you mentioned that part of finding your purpose is to ask the right questions and follow your intuition because only you can tell if you’re doing the right thing. No one else can tell for you.
Seriah, that’s exactly what I was getting at 🙂 Your purpose and passions are already within you, so only you will know if you’re on the right path. You just have to learn to recognize it and follow it. Thanks for commenting!
I found my purpose after trying different things
That’s great! The best part about searching for passions and your purpose vs picking a major in school … is there are no time limits or box that you’re stuck in. You can look and try anything you feel guided to. Thanks for commenting!
It took me several attempts to realize writing is my passion.
All that matters is that you figured it out. Journaling is what led me to the same conclusion. I saw how much writing without judgement had changed my life. Thanks for commenting!