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Is passion limited?

I've heard from many people that in order to be truly happy, you need to be passionate about something.

But what if your passion is limited? What if there is a point in life where you've run out of all the passion that was driving you to live your life to the fullest? What if being too passionate can make you exhausted in the end?

Should you try to 'manage' your passion to remain passionate for a longer period of time? Should there be a balance between being passionate about something and taking things slow?

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    Jan 19 2013: It all depends about how to think and how to consider things around you!!!
    People usually say if u wanna be succesful you should be passionate since passion brings fun sincerity seriousness towards what you do and what you wanna acheive!!!
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      Jan 19 2013: I agree with you Chetan...passion can have the elements of fun, sincerity, seriousness, compassion, empathy, respect, curiosity, joy, homor, etc..I am passionate about every aspect of the life adventure:>)
      As you insightfully say Chetan....the feeling of passion contributes energy to what you do and what you wanna acheive! Well said:>)
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    Jan 19 2013: While many remain passionate about something for a life time, anyone can get physically tired. Some people take no breaks to "refill the well."

    One idea to consider is a break that exposes you to new environments, activities, and ideas.

    Another possibility that is worth considering is whether you might be depressed temporarily (which can be a response to something in your life or a side effect of medication).
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    Jan 19 2013: I think:
    Passion is to get happiness.
    To get happiness is a program in our soul for keeping our DNA alive.

    To live requires happiness.
    To be happy requires passion.

    Hence, passion will not exhaust if you live.
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    Jan 20 2013: Passion is like a muscle;
    If don’t use it the muscle will waste away or use it incorrectly it will get hurt, but controlled its use will make you and it stronger.
    If taking things slow is what you need to do to you stay in control, then takes things slow.

    You will likely have many passions in your life, some will last and some will not.
    But you need to stay passionate about being yourself and being a good person, and you find passion that does not let you do that than find a new passion.
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    Jan 20 2013: Sounds like you've gotten a bit used to things. May need a bit of a shake up.

    The most immediate way to freshen up your spirit and attitude? Rearrange your furniture. Throw some out. Clean everything.

    As these days slowly pass, I would recommend that you try new routes to work, new groceries, new entertainment. Just toss it up. I really liked the movie 'Yes Man' and tried to do a small version of it myself.

    When I get apathetic, I feel like I've 'flatlined' and really begin to loathe myself. I can relate to your question. For me, I have to nip it in the bud quickly because if I let it go unchecked, it will really start to strangle my relationships - the one thing keeping me afloat in the first place.
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    Jan 19 2013: Julie,
    Based on my perception and experience, passion is NOT limited....it is unlimited....unending:>) I perceive passion as an energy, or feeling, which we recognize in ourselves....or not. I never experience passion as "exhausting" because in my perception, passion feeds us...energizes us....moves us forward in the life adventure.

    Passion seems to be a mystery to some folks, and to me, it is a very natural element in the body/mind/life process. Passion doesn't have anything to do with time, in my humble perception. It is neither slow or fast...it is balanced, as you insightfully say. The outward manifestations of passion, can lead us to move faster or slower with life experiences, and perhaps that is connected with how we choose to use passion in our lives.
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    Jan 19 2013: QUOTE: "The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess."-- Christian Nestell Bovee.
  • Jan 19 2013: Only by time and energy!