A recent article in the New York Times by Lisa Heffernan she is asking this question exactly. “Our Push for Passion, and Why it Harms Kids” does an excellent job of stating why our push for passion can be detrimental to kids. She writes about kids growing up should not hone in on a single passion but take the time when they are young to explore many different activities so they are able to discover their passions as they move on to adulthood.
Made me think as both a parent and educator about the word passion and how we need to use it at home and at school. Having one single passion, often times one that your parents or teachers have chosen for you, is limiting. Allowing for freedom and opportunity for multiple experiences is limitless, allowing for growth and discovery and our children to find their own calling. Period.