I had a discussion elsewhere about the importance of following one's passion and knowing your kids' passion and helping them develop it to become experts. I kind of got stuck on the word passion because it seems rather very different than the word interest. At least to me, passion implies a deep running, overwhelming desire, not your run of the mill avid interest. It says fervor, fire, ardor, zeal. It is like having a lover -- it almost connotes exclusivity, some sort of overarching-ness over one's life.
Neither of my kiddos have anything they are into in a single minded way. They go through changing phases of what interests them. Their father and I are very similar. My husband, for example, is a self taught engineer. He loves to build things and experiment. Currently, he is into stills (and makes a mean vodka/gin). Last year it was 3D printers. When I met him, it was computer programming (something he learned himself from scratch.) For the time being, I enjoy cooking. I love homeschooling my kids. Political/philosophical discussions get a rise out of me. I really like reading. But I don't consider any of these things as my "passion." I don't think my husband will be able to point towards something as his "passion." Neither would the kids.
There seems to be a romantic notion attached to "following one's passion..." It is a refrain I hear over and now again and find it rings hollow to me because:
1, Not everyone has a passion....
2. More importantly, not everyone can follow their passion.
I find, by in large, in the unschooling community there is this expectation that unschooled kids will be stunningly different ... they will know their "passions" and know how to follow it. They will be exceptional in pursuing their dreams. They will somehow be significantly more able to conjure up their futures than their schooled/traditionally homeschooled peers. In someways, this maybe true. But I think it is a massive expectation that may set kids up for feeling inadequate and disappointment for being average.
What do you guys think?