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How do I recover and rekindle my inner fire in 2017?

Help me navigate the healing and rejuvenating process that precedes getting my inner flame burning again in mid-life. [more inside]
posted by Dr_Janeway on Jan 3, 2017 - 6 answers

Getting a graduate degree in one field, but want job in another?

I've applied to and been accepted for a MA Graduate Degree programme overseas, initially for a design field that I was looking forward to. But in the last few weeks, I've started having some doubts - then today -major doubts- whether this was/is the right decision for me. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jul 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Do you have to have passion for your work?

I'm in the midst of researching careers for a complete change and I'm realizing that I don't think I'm the type of person who will ever get any sort of passion out of work. Is something wrong with me? Do I need to have "passion" in a field to have a successful career? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Mar 26, 2016 - 29 answers

What the hell am I doing in this bar basement at 11pm on a Sunday?

Last year, I unexpectedly fell in love with improv comedy. I raced through the classes, joined a team, and started performing shows on tiny stages throughout NYC. It's been a rewarding experience! Except: I'm a 32 year-old introvert, and hanging out with mid-20s performers feels weird AF. [more inside]
posted by dryersock on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

What's my passion? (INTJ)

I'm 29 and seem to be going through a sort of quarter life crisis. The events of the last few months have caused me to want to change directions, but I need help deciding what that new direction is. [more inside]
posted by robadobdob on Oct 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Please advise about this guy I am stuck on

Hello I am a lady in her late 30s and until 3 weeks ago, in a long-term relationship (12 years). We were not married and had no kids, and lived together for a decade. My ex and I shared a deep understanding, laughs and interests, and I thought this was enough until I met a younger guy a few months ago, for whom I immediately felt a crazy infatuation. [more inside]
posted by muppets on Sep 22, 2015 - 17 answers

My 8 year relationship lacks passion... should we move on?

I am in my early 30s and have been in a loving relationship for over 8 years. We live together and our lives are very intermingled. But the passion is gone, and I am beginning to wonder whether we'd be better apart. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 16 answers

A Frustrated Musician - How Do I Unleash The Demon?

All I want in life is play music with passion. It is all I ever wanted. [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on May 25, 2015 - 23 answers

Should I accept a risky (but fun) job or stay at my decent, stable job?

I’m a 32 year old male and I currently have a very good government job working as a CFO in Finance. I have a great title, freedom, and excellent benefits (4 day work week, pension, plenty of vacation/sick). However, I'm not sure if I want to stay at this job or accept a riskier job that is more aligned with my passion/interests. [more inside]
posted by TurboNerd on Apr 7, 2015 - 39 answers

Shiny things! Eh, they're just things.

All my life, I've had a cursory fascination with pretty much everything: from neuroscience and biology, to poetry, history to politics to cooking, writing, architecture, art, aviation and photography. You name it, it's piqued my interest. For all of thirty seconds (exaggerating, but only a little). It's occurred to me that one of the reasons I can't start on a career is because nothing... and I do mean nothing... has ever compelled me to study it beyond a very superficial, Reader's Digest-y type level It's especially apparent when I'm around my very intellectual, very well-read, well-rounded friends. They can talk for hours about most anything, and I can only put on airs using the little I know to only just pass for competent. They read and wonder about things. I might watch half an hour of a basic cable documentary on something and then flip channels. I'm 25. This doesn't seem to be going anywhere? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 8, 2015 - 33 answers

Passion ambivalence - committed to relationship when in love with third?

What is more important: having stability with your partner, whom you love (but possibly non-amorous) and whose company you enjoy or the being-in-love with a third person with whom you feel alive, passionate and excited [more inside]
posted by Engel2014 on Jan 6, 2015 - 22 answers

Whatever gets you out of bed in the morning

I'm looking for phrases to use when you see someone who has a strong passion the appeal of which you just cannot understand--a passion that appears to be one of the things the person lives for, one of the things that gets them out of bed in the morning. (I'm looking for secular passions, not religious ones.) Funny is good but not required. [more inside]
posted by early one morning on Oct 11, 2014 - 52 answers

Should I end it with my great companion of a SO?

I'm unsatisfied in the passion and effort in my relationship but love the companionship. We are like best friends. However, it's been so long since I've seen makeup or hair down, or her really initiating to me. Tons of details inside... thanks for your help. My frustration has been building over a long time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2014 - 88 answers

Is it finally time to move on from my long-time passion?

I recently started taking competitive Irish dance classes again after having been away from it for 4-5 years, but it's not the same as it was when I was a teen and I'm feeling like I should quit...again. Sorry, lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Oct 2, 2014 - 21 answers

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


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

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