If there is one thing I have learned during my very limited time on this earth, it is this: If you bounce from activity to activity, exploring only the surface, you severely limit your ability to dig into something enough to cultivate a true passion for it.
Doesn't sound like the craziest thing in the world, right?
Yet so often I hear people throw around ridiculously-solidified comments regarding their interest in a topic, based on a sliver of interaction.
"Yeah, I tried surfing once... it isn't for me"
The word "try" has become so watered down, that were going around dipping our pinky toes in the corner of the pool, and telling people we "tried" swimming.
Perhaps the most crippling aspect of this poisonous mindset is the fact that the surface level of nearly all things... isn't really that great.
I mean, after one surf lesson you haven't really "surfed", and you certainly haven't experienced the aspect of surfing that passionate surfers keep coming back for.
One place that this mindset is specifically destructive is in college classrooms, where students are given a 101 crash course on a topic, which they then use to determine their interest in an entire field.
"I dunno how people like geology so much, it was so boring... I guess it just isn't for me"
Of course you found it boring!
You were learning about the surface level!
You think that people who have dedicated their lives to geology wake up each morning to passionately discuss the basic types of rock formation?!
It is by truly digging into a subject, topic, idea, field, or lifestyle that we are able to cultivate an understanding that has the potential to fuel passion.
The good news?
There are --for all practical purposes-- an infinite amount of different things that people are passionate about... which means an infinite amount of potential things for us to become passionate about.
The bad news?
Our time is limited.
All we can do is go out and explore the topics that catch our initial interest. If you decide you don't like it, then by all means, than move onto the next. BUT, I beg you to give it a real shot.
Don't waste your time half-hardheartedly wading around in the shallow end of an activity. Instead aim to fully immerse yourself into the specific activities unique culture.
It is then, and only then, that you are equipped to decide whether or not it is something worth your passion.