On purpose, passion and feeling uneasy while watching all the food porn in ‘The One-Hundred Foot Journey’

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Everything we do is caused by our need or desire to feel a certain way. Constantly, we yearn for the things that make us feel good—whether it is something we buy, create or give in a material or spiritual sense.

Anyway, have you ever asked yourself “What is my purpose?” or “What is my passion?”

I’ve been thinking about both. A lot.

In the last month, I’ve been decompressing, trying to figure out this thing called “relaxing” and planning the next move for my business. Mentally, I’m a mess. I’ve realized the hard work I’ve endured in the past and my body is trying to croak out a “Slow down there, partner where’s the fire?” I’m doing my best to listen to it, but I find it hard to follow through.

There is a destination and state of mind I’d like to be at, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m fighting very hard for it. Bare-knuckle fightin’. It has made me think long and hard about purpose and passion, defining and differentiating the two.

Passion—that drive, that spark, that feeling I get where I can’t put my finger on it but it makes me utter a growl when I describe it to others.

Purpose—the reason why something exists. That’s pretty much all I got. So can’t that go back to living out your passion? Is your passion your purpose—or your purpose your passion?

Maybe I’m just over-thinking it?

I decided to give the day a hall pass and went to see The One-Hundred Foot Journey to clear my mind. First off, I was a bit uneasy with the all food porn. Lemme just say this, the tomatoes—all bright, red and plump were damn sexy. Kudos to the food stylists for the film. I could describe those aforementioned tomatoes much better, but we’d be stepping into erotic territory. Not to mention, an irrelevant tangent.

Passion and purpose go along simultaneously throughout the film:

  • That desire to create something beautiful with two hands that evoke all of the senses.
  • To provide your craft to a community, to introduce a new experience.

 

So how do you figure out all this passion/purpose mumbo jumbo? Consider these thoughts:

What do you enjoy doing? Consider your talents.

Take a good hard look at what you enjoy doing and some of your talents. Is there is common ground with any of them? You may notice a trend in your own interests and skills!

Who do you admire?

Look at your family, anyone you look up to? Is there a reason why you’re following a ton of celebrity chefs on Twitter? Think about who you admire and see if you notice any similar patterns, especially if they are anything close to your talents and skills.

Go back in time.

Conjuring up childhood memories may be another indicator. What did a younger version of you want to be when you grew up? Or, what did you do when you were younger? Some of these ideas may spark new insight.

Does it feel right?

So if you act on your passion, does it come easy for you or are you struggling with ways to get it off the ground? If you feel the slightest resistance, it may not be the best idea. A passion should not have any roadblocks, no matter the steps you have to take. Can you see yourself pursuing your actions for a long time? Then, you may have found the one.

 

 

 Photo via Flickr

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