Reading, writing, practicing an instrument, drawing, painting, home improvement, car tinkering, a language, etc. We all have some thing that brings us joy, or that we simply want to be able to do. You must discover your art. Think deeply on this matter.
People talk about what separates an individual human from non-humans.
It's not opposable thumbs. It's not tool-use. It's not language. It's not mourning for the dead. It's not laughter. It's not playing or singing, it's art. It's art that makes us human.
-- Me, 2008-05-20
Drawing a blank ∞
Perhaps, after significant thought, you cannot yet admit to having a passion.
Take your free moments to explore this moment. If you are reading my time management thoughts, and there is a reference to practicing your art, take that time to explore this problem. Think more, research more, experiment with different interests. Think about your past, and your wishes, dreams and hopes for the future. Think about what fascinates you. Be childlike with curiosity.
Something surrounding this topic is likely the most important thing you can do in life. Actually important, not like work, but like purpose. It is not a like, it is a love. You will know it when you find it. Trust yourself.
On confusion and many arts ∞
Perhaps you pursue a few things, and cannot settle on only one of them. This is not unusual.
First, only pursue dreams which have the possibility for completion. Sometimes you can begin pursuit without the resources you will need in the future, and those will come in time. However, you must be reasonable.
Second, to consider anything your art, you must be willing to do a little very regularly, never ignoring it. If you find yourself dispassionate, then you must consider whether or not it is meant to be your art or it is just something you dream about but aren't truly willing to work toward.
Pursuing your art is not like other kinds of effort. Consider this deeply.
It is only possible to have many arts, when every one maintains passion and is, over much time, never ignored.
Abandon dreams you are dispassionate about. A dispassionate dream is just an idle hope and hold you back from something else you have not yet discovered. Abandon something you do not have passion for, and you will gain that time to consider other things to be passionate about. This is an ongoing process; do not be afraid.
Sometimes your passion wanes, and passion becomes lost. Sometimes the loss of passion is only misplacing that passion, and an old hope will become a passionate desire again. If, after much time, you still find yourself bothered by something you abandoned and you have still not found something to be passionate about, consider pursuing that bother. Maybe you still have passion there that you have been afraid to admit.
You are better than you know and can do more than you think. When you discover something to be passionate about, you will surprise yourself with your skill in its pursuit.