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How do I become fervently dedicated to something?

Suppose you’re a 28 year old who, after spending 18 years as a shut-in, is finally able to experience things most people experience in their early teens. How do you dedicate yourself to an idea, a cause, a company, or a domain of knowledge while being incessantly hounded by the realization that there is much more to life than the object of your obsession? [more inside]
posted by monad on Mar 16, 2014 - 41 answers

Passion and profession

When your passion becomes your job, how do you keep the job aspects of it from draining all your passion away?
posted by roaring beast on Mar 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Long Term relationship with a girl that has issues?

Is there any chance that a relationship with a girl with issues from her past could work long term? have there ever been any that have been successful? [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Nov 5, 2013 - 53 answers

Falling in love feels impossible to me.

To what extent should someone question their ability to fall in love after enduring countless "lukewarm" relationships? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jul 23, 2013 - 16 answers

I want to become a primary teacher even though most do not support me.

I have just graduated from university with a bachelor of science in environmental sciences. My dad would love for me to continue down that route and become an environmentalist. I want to be a primary teacher and he is not happy with that decision. [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Who has second thoughts about their dream job?

I really can't figure out what I want to do in my life. And it's scaring the crap out of me. At many times I really thought I knew what I wanted and then when I started working... I didn't, at all! I tried really hard to figure out what to do. I majored in political science, been involved in campaigns, and I thought I would just go to law school. But felt uneasy about the whole thing like it was just something I was supposed to do cause I would be good at it. So I decided to work a bit in a medical field, which was followed by living aboard for a few years. Now I'm dabbling in film and thinking about architecture. All amazing experiences but no closer to a conclusion. I feel super strongly about some careers and then realize I only feel strongly about those things because I admire the people in those fields and not necessarily the field itself. Does anyone have a similar story? Any conclusions? Can anyone help?
posted by LaceyCoffee on May 26, 2013 - 16 answers

If you're bored then you're boring

An earlier poster mentioned this attitude in a thread on boredom and it prompted me finally to post a question that's been simmering a while. I'm super-boring, but not bored -- it doesn't bother me when I'm on my own, but I'm starting to get a complex about it, vis a vis other people. Help me to have any interest, any interest at all! (Or to feel better about not having any.) Novel inside. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 6, 2013 - 34 answers

How can I stop comparing my life to others'?

It seems like every day I will see someone accomplish something amazing. My first thought is not to be impressed or happy for them, but to try and find out their age. Then, if they are younger than I, I'm overcome with jealousy and regret. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 6, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me find myself, all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

I am lost, I am interested in being a positive influence to other people by making them laugh or helping them out with life problems. Need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Trinergy on Jun 19, 2012 - 15 answers

orgasmatron

Is there a name or pathology for this kind of behaviour (in psychiatry)? Basically, it feels like I'm falling in love all the time - with human knowledge - and I keep on pushing the lever because it feels good. [more inside]
posted by leigh1 on Jun 14, 2012 - 20 answers

My mind is blank all the time? How do I fix this??

My mind is blank all the time? How do I fix this?? (long read but please read) [more inside]
posted by soul24rage on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Which work isn't working?

Would you leave a well-paid but badly-fitting job to do something you really cared about but for less money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 24 answers

How to keep falling in love with my wife?

Resources on how to foster passion and "have fun" with your spouse? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist.

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist (Work-to-Live version) [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Feb 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Do what you like well enough

Do you like your job? Do you like your job despite it not being related to your "passion"? (Maybe you don't have a "passion".) How did you find your way into that job? [more inside]
posted by doift on Feb 7, 2012 - 33 answers

Am I making the right career choice even though I feel it might be wrong?

I recently chose to change directions in my career, so I’m back in school to receive the proper/required training. I did this in response to dislike of my former job and the realization that my artistic needs likely can’t be met through a full-time job. So I’ve chosen a career path that is very technical and science-based, opposite of anything artistic, but a good balance I think (I still plan on working on my art outside of job setting). I feel like it might be the wrong choice though since it's so different and that it might take over any artistic pursuits. Has anyone been in a similar situation? [more inside]
posted by DanielleT on Dec 24, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"?

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Nov 21, 2011 - 16 answers

I’m torn between what I do and what I always thought I would do

I’m in my late 20s and still wrapped up in self-indulgent “what should I do with my life” questions that I can’t seem to resolve. Sorry for a rambling question - please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 - 22 answers

How do you know if you need or needed sparks?

Help me figure out my own nature when it comes to passion in long term relationships. Yes, it's quite a bit late for me to be asking this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Desperate for Alternative Perspectives

How seriously should I take sexual attraction when choosing the person want to have a child with? Due to unique circumstances, I find myself with two clear and available options, wherein one potential partner has a great job and a gentle/humorous/intelligent nature, and the other potential partner has a freelance job and chooses to work less and focus more on passions and is compassionate/generous/inspiring. If my enjoyment with them, desire to help them, sense of understanding is all equal, and only the sexual desire aspect is lacking, how do I realistically approach this? [more inside]
posted by teslateslatesla on Oct 13, 2011 - 62 answers

Choosing an art form

How do I choose which hobby I want to devote myself to? [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Oct 11, 2011 - 17 answers

How do you find what you love doing?

How do I "do what I love" if I have no idea how to even figure out what the heck that is? Steve Jobs has thrown me into an existential crisis and I need the hive mind to set me on the right path. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Oct 5, 2011 - 51 answers

I think I've identified 'my passion'. Now help me get out of my own momentum-killing way!

So, after almost a year of hunting for a full-time job, I've decided to put that aside and try to have a go at digital storytelling as a freelancer. I have a few places I'm getting myself stuck, and I would love some assistance/context in finding 'my people' [more inside]
posted by softlord on Sep 28, 2011 - 8 answers

What happens when you marry someone you love but aren't deeply "in love" with?

Have you (or someone you know well) loved someone but weren't "in love" with them (had a strong, warm, happy relationship but one that wasn't very intense, passionate, etc) and gotten married/been in a long-term partnership? Did it matter that you weren't "in love" exactly? If it led to problems, what were they? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 - 56 answers

I'm 28 years old and I feel passionless and directionless -- how can I find something, anything that I like to do and will stick with?

I don't really have anything I can say is a 'passion' or 'interest' that I've held for longer than a few months to a year. The result is I feel completely directionless, left with absolutely nothing to do on the weekends and evenings and feeling like I'm wasting my time and abilities on nothing. How do I find something to do that I like doing and can get good at, and how do I keep my interest? I don't think it's from lack of trying new things -- I've worked vastly different jobs and have tried a bunch of different creative things -- writing, drawing, music, etc., but nothing really sticks. I just want to get good at something and take pride in it. I feel like I am completely the same person as I was 5 years ago, and that scares me. What should I do?
posted by allseeingabstract on Jul 2, 2011 - 25 answers

How to figure this out?

Did you ever have a burning urge to do something significant that makes a difference in the world? How did you become that person? How did you figure out what is it that you wanted to do and how to get there? [more inside]
posted by xm on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I get a career I love?

I'm stuck in a career I'm not sure I love. How do I get out of it? How can I get paid to do the things I love? [more inside]
posted by tanc on Apr 2, 2011 - 9 answers

How to keep the daily grind from grinding you down?

As a creative person working a day job completely unrelated to your chosen form of expression, how do you cope when the urge to create comes up while at work? [more inside]
posted by anthom on Feb 25, 2011 - 16 answers

Career options for the passionless

I've been through four majors and I'm no closer to figuring out a career. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Feb 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Live to work, or work to live?

Is it better to live to work, or work to live? [more inside]
posted by Acey on Oct 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Dreams vs Responsibility: How can I balance my life?

How can I become a responsible adult without getting my dreams lost in the process? Can they be one and the same? [more inside]
posted by vienaragis on Aug 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

I have been working for a design agency for five years. This was my first job out of college. It's the only job I've ever had. I'm stuck in a rut: should I stay or should I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Hobbies for grumpy old men?

My father just retired and is losing interest in the hobbies he once loved. I'd like to help try to spark some passion in something that will get him excited, and hopefully, get him out of the house. The catch? He is generally antisocial, depressed, and is extremely set in his ways. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Jun 23, 2010 - 28 answers

Historical sources for the Passion narrative of Christianity?

What are the best historical sources for the Passion narrative of Christianity? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on May 21, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I get off journalism's sinking ship?

Get me out of journalism. Please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Fullfillment possible?

Are you fulfilled in your job? Should I seek to be? I have a job which paid me over $450K last year. I worked maybe 50 hours a week to generate that on average (although with wild swings and a lot of travel.) If I stay I will be on track to make $1M a year in a few years. I am not terribly happy, but not totally miserable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 - 47 answers

Soccer Dad

How do you keep your sense of adventure when you sit in a cubicle and have to pick up the kids at 5 o'clock? I love my wife. I love my kids. I like the fact that my soul-sucking job allows me to use my brain while paying for piano lessons, vacations, and an educational trust. I am not looking to get rid of said wife, kids, or job. What I am looking for is a renewed sense of adventure within my current 'constraints'. [more inside]
posted by kaizen on Feb 4, 2010 - 39 answers

"Don't worry, dad is here!" but I worry

Should I move to increase my chances at getting a job? Should I drop it all to help my parents? Should I stay where I'm happiest? [possibly long] [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 27, 2010 - 22 answers

What are some practical non-fiction books that touch on themes represented in The Alchemist?

What are some practical non-fiction books that touch on themes represented in The Alchemistw? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jan 19, 2010 - 4 answers

More Wattage please.

I have cycles of creativity. The more stress or responsibility in my life the harder it is to achieve those creative places in my mind. I am looking for unusual, insightful and helpful ways to rekindle my creativity, in spite of any real or self made diversity I'm experiencing. Please don't hold back with your suggestions, I have personal projects and goals that require this passion and creativity, help!
posted by gypseefire on Dec 27, 2009 - 23 answers

Letting go of God: Help me deal with my atheism and the five stages of grief. I'm in the fourth stage now.

Please give advice on how to accept my atheism, let go of God and the need for one, how to get over the fourth stage of grief/letting go (depression), and how to find my passion for life again! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 46 answers

There. You Did It. Are You Happy Now? (Career Satisfaction Question Inside)

I've been contemplating a huge career change for the better part of a year now and am almost ready to take the plunge into something completely different. But one of the nagging questions I'm still constantly asking myself is whether I'm doing this because I'm fed up with absence of personal satisfaction in my current job (divorce lawyer) or whether that feeling is something else that would, given enough time, just follow me on to the new career. So the question is: [more inside]
posted by webhund on Nov 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Divorce, even if nothing is bad?

I (male) have been married for a number of years (~10). Nothing is necessarily bad about our marriage, but I've felt that we've been lacking passion since before we were married. It just never seemed to matter enough to be worth a divorce.. except that it does matter in the end. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2009 - 34 answers

Tired of all the cliche's

Harry and I got married when I was 42. Ours was a rocky relationship at its worst and absolutely riveting at its best. Even today the passion we share and yes, even the fights we occasionally have are intense, but all the laughter, that is what kept us together. We are sharing our 25th wedding anniversary on our wedding day this December. We are writing vows and I wanted to know what are the little things in relationships that made you love someone the most? I feel like all the things I want to say are cliche I need inspiration. I don't want to disappoint him.
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Should I literally follow my dream?

I had a dream about an ex-boyfriend last night and I'm wondering if I should do anything about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2009 - 22 answers

Music's on my mind.

I find myself increasingly unhappy about the fact that I'm not a music major... but what can I do with a music degree, really? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 - 34 answers

I love you, fresh egg

What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
posted by chalbe on Aug 24, 2009 - 135 answers

Grown-up love

Can cynical old me still find passionate love? Or should I readjust to some kind of grown-up relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2009 - 8 answers

What do with my education?

I am a student doing my bachelors degree and I feel utterly confuzed about what I want to do with my education. I am currently doing an economics major, but have no real passion for economics. [more inside]
posted by happydude123 on Mar 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Is it wrong to leave a mostly-ok 10-year relationship because you've found someone new that you're passionate about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2009 - 65 answers

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