Can Anger Identify Your Passion?

Anger can lead to passion. Passion leads to change.

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I felt angry as my daughter’s mental health was getting worse instead of better during the 7 years of care with various providers and prescription medications. The anger fueled a shift in my perspective of her mental illness and led to my passion of educating other family’s on holistic options.

Finding your Passion

If you have read any type of self-development or improvement information, you know you are told to find those things that make you feel happy. Everyone should have a passion in life, as this helps you add meaning to your life. But just how do you find it?

One way to identify your passion is to look at those things that make you angry. You know, those times when you fly off the handle without even thinking about it. This could be when you see an animal being mistreated or hear about a child being abused.

Still not sure what your passion is?

Then look around you and make note of all the things that make you upset. Anything that stirs some type of emotion in you; tears, anger, or frustration.

It can be helpful to write these things down, especially if you have more than one thing that bothers you. Once you have your list select the main one that troubles you the most. This would be the one thing that you would happily fix if you could.

The more personal this becomes the more passionate you will be. If you have seen one of your pets abused firsthand, this would resonate with you on a much deeper level.

Feelings of anger

When you get angry your feelings can often overwhelm you. You have no real control over them, and they flare up unexpectedly. What this signifies is that you are dealing with something you are passionate about. Your goal is to now take this energy and turn it into a passion instead of feeling angry.

Finding your passion often entails getting out of your comfort zone. It is way too easy to like something because a friend does. It is much harder to stick up for yourself and stay passionate to your true feelings. You might be standing alone.  

By being true to your own feelings you are fulfilling your life. You are doing something meaningful and making a difference. Not everyone is going to approve of your passion. You need to have the confidence to stay on track, if friends try to tell you otherwise. This way you will know you are being true to yourself and to your passion.

I am so passionate about my family’s story that I have just sent my manuscript for editing. I know not everyone will agree with what is shared in my book, but it is my passion to give a different perspective on mental illness.

“You can’t fake passion.” —Barbara Corcoran 196.3

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