Why You Should Let Your Passion Shine In Social Media

photo credit: Camdiluv ♥ via photopin cc
photo credit: Camdiluv ♥ via photopin cc

Passion is a funny thing. There seem to different flavours and different intensities of passion.

Some of us find a big, can’t ignore it passion that eventually becomes our career early on and never lose it; we all have that friend who always wanted to be a veterinarian, still is and has 3 cats and 2 dogs at home. And some of us are happy with smaller passions. Hobbies or causes that we dabble in during out spare time and on weekends.

Whatever your passion is, I’m sure you’ve noticed that you’re never alone. Passionate about a specific type of wine made from a specific type of grape, from a specific region? Someone else is just like you. And there’s probably a blog about that wine too. Passionate about knitting mittens from custom patterns, there’s someone else into that too, and maybe a YouTube channel with tutorials.

Social Media makes Passions Shareable

We all want to belong and we all want to find people like us. Social media had enabled us to find other people like us, who share our passions, in a much easier way than we’ve ever had before. Sometimes we become really good friends with people we’ve never met face to face. Social media lifts the barriers of distance. All you have to do is declare your passion and you’re likely to attract other people who are passionate about the same things you are.

Why You Should Share Your Passion

In this day and age, and probably because of the economic climate we find ourselves in, so many people are disillusioned with their “regular jobs” or their traditional lifestyle. The problem is that to break away from the heard, you have to do something you’re infinitely passionate about to be able to win over fear, objections from friends and family, and overcome obstacles that may arise along the way. Without passion, as soon as you face adversity, you will give up.

This is why you need to find others who believe what you believe and who share your passion. People who won’t think you’re crazy for following your dreams, people who will support your choices and possibly connect you to other people in their community who might help you make your dreams come true.

There is an element of vulnerability there. But without it, without risking opening yourself up and sharing you’ll never reap the benefits. As Brené Brown says “Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”

So what passion will you share? Do you find it easy to show vulnerability in exchange for true connection? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Stephanie Montreuil
Marketing communications consultant & social media strategist. #Ottawa based, frequent traveler. Org committee @CHEOBBQ & @TwestivalOTT. #140ConfNYC Speaker

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