When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher.
I remember coming home from school and lining up all my dolls in a row to teach them what I had learned that day in English or history class.
Then, I’d interrogate them and give them grades. It was so much fun.
Something else I loved to do? Writing.
If I weren’t scribbling down my dreams in a secret diary, I’d be writing articles for a magazine that I’d later distribute to my family.
Is it any wonder that I had a career as a freelance writer before becoming a coach?
Your Childhood Passions Are Clues Pointing You Towards Your Life Purpose
Your life purpose leaves clues. Like your childhood dreams and favourite hobbies.
I do believe these passions are dropped in to point you in the direction of your life purpose. They’re seeds of what’s possible for you.
If you water and cultivate them, it’s only a matter of time before you discover your life purpose. If you neglect them, they wither and die and you’ll never know what was truly meant for you.
I can’t tell you why I loved teaching and writing so much. I just did. And so, that’s how I spent my time.
As a child, you don’t question why you like something, if people think your passions are weird, or if it’s worth honing a skill so you can make money with it when you grow up.
You just do what feels good. What brings you joy. You’re wise enough to know that joy is the real reward – not the awards, people’s approval, or money.
Those are things that come later, as you feel the hurt of being left out of the group for having a weird hobby or the concern in your parents’ voice as they wonder how realistic it is to make money from your passion.
And so, you stop doing what makes you happy.
That’s what happened to me. As I grew up, I quickly realised there was no money in teaching and writing. I’d have to come up with something else to do for a living.
I put my pen and diaries away, got rid of the blackboard I used to teach my dolls, and… became moody and miserable. Doing the grown up thing just took all the colours out of my life.
It wasn’t until my mid 20s when I picked up my pen again, then I unknowingly embarked on a journey that led me straight to my life purpose.
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How Do You Know If A Childhood Passion Is Part Of Your Life Purpose?
As I started writing again, I discovered the world of freelance writing.
Up until that point, I thought the only ways to make money writing were to become a best-selling fiction writer or a journalist – and none of these careers appealed to me.
Freelancing writing was different. I could do what I love – on my terms. I could work from home, choose my clients, and make a lot of money in the process.
When I gave it a go, I hated every second of it. I spent more time looking for clients, doing boring admin tasks, and have editors ignore my pitches only to have them ask me to write an article in three days out of the blue.
The worst part? A lot of those clients who hired me because they loved my friendly writing style and tell-it-like-it-is attitude asked me to change my copy into corporate, promotional speak. And then complained I did a poor when it didn’t attract their ideal clients…
Turning writing into my career took all the joy and fun out of it. And joy and fun are the whole point.
Before turning your passion into a business, ask yourself:
“Will pursuing your childhood passion drain all the fun out of it and become a chore?”
If the answer is yes, that’s good news. You know that’s not your life purpose and you won’t waste any time pursuing it professionally.
But, if the idea of doing it full time energizes you to the point you don’t mind dealing with even the most boring parts of the job (a.k.a. the shit sandwich), you’re onto something.
Give Yourself Permission To Experiment
Like Marie Forleo always says: “clarity comes from engagement, not thought.”
If you asked yourself the question above and you’re not sure what the answer is, that’s totally normal.
Often, putting money into the equation just brings up a lot of stress and worries that gets in the way of clarity.
So, give yourself permission to experiment. Reconnect with your childhood passions and see where they lead you.
Let’s say that, like me, you like writing. Start a blog or write some copy for a friend. Do it for the joy of it without thinking about monetizing it for now. How does it feel?
You can do this with everything. It doesn’t matter if you like cooking, marketing, sewing or whatever. Just pursue your passions for the sake of it.
And as you do it, the answer will come. I know, because it happened to me.
Freelance writing wasn’t the right fit for me, but that experience made me realise what I love about writing: it gives me a voice and allows me to inspire women to find and fulfill their calling.
Writing wasn’t my purpose. But it’s part of my purpose. It’s a tool that I use every day in my coaching practice. Hadn’t I given it a go, I wouldn’t have found out. Heck, I’d probably still be wondering what the heck am I supposed to do with my life…
In other ways, stop trying to make money from everything. Just do what makes you happy. If you’re meant to turn that into your business or career, you’ll know.
The Bottom Line
Your childhood passions offer precious clues about your life purpose. Give yourself permission to pursue them without thinking about money and see where they lead you.
If you need more help to figure out which childhood passions are part of your life purpose and how, book a FREE Purpose Discovery Call today. Identifying women’s life purposes is my superpower. I’d love to help you find yours, too.
Over to you, now. What did you love to do as a child and how is that part of your life purpose? Let me know in the comments below.