In Conversation with Sr. Joan Chittister
Why do you think most people are afraid to find their real passion in life?
I‟m not sure that most people are „afraid.‟ I‟m more inclined to think that they know
what they want to do
but feel blocked from doing it. As in, “I‟d love to go to collegebut we don‟t have that kind of money.” Or, “I‟ve thought of being a veterinarian butmy mother thinks that wasting my life on animals is sheer foolishness.” Or, “I‟ve
always wanted to paint
but I had to make a living instead. It‟s too late now.” Or,“When I began this work 20 years ago, I loved it. Frankly, right now it bores me todeath. But people will think I”m crazy if I start over now.”
It comes down to being willing to trust your own heart. Until we learn how to dothat
even if we can only do what we want to do ten hours a week, we will never feelreally fulfilled.2.
What advice would you give to someone who says they have no idea whattheir passion may be?
First, ask yourself what interests you? What do you do more of when you have achance to do more than you have to do? What do you like to read about? Or go tosee? What have you always wished you could do
but feel, for whatever reason,
that you don‟t dare even think about it? Li
ke learn a language or go scuba diving orfix a motor or nurse the dying or go to a monastery? Find out where things like thatare done. Go for an experience in it. Volunteer to help a bit. Join a group that doessuch things. Begin on your free time. See what happens.3.
Why is it important for people to get out of their comfort zones sometimes?
Until we try the outrageous, the impossible, the foolish, the outlandish, thefar-fetched in life, we will never find our limits, never discover the real interests andskills we never knew we had, never broaden the scope of our possibilities.Every town and city in the country is looking for people to help in almost every
category of life. Join things, take short courses, till you find your heart‟s desire and
people there who are doing it will sweep you up into it. And you‟ll never find„work‟ work again.