I overheard this interview with Ms Gilbert and it spoke so strongly to me that I had to transcribe it and share it :)
"We keep telling people to follow their passion and i feel like that it can an intimidating and almost cruel thing to say to people.
Because first of all, if people have one central powerful burning passion, they are probably already following it, because that’s sort of the definition of passion, that you don’t have a choice.
If you don’t have a central burning passion, which is a lot of people, and somebody tells you to follow your passion, I think you have the right to give that person the finger. Because it just makes you feel worse.
And so I always tell people forget about it! If you don’t have an obvious passion just forget about it - follow your curiosity because passion is a tower of flame that is not always accessible. And curiosity is something that anybody can access any day .
Your curiosity may lead you to your passion, or it may not. It may have been for “nothing.”
In which case, it means all you’ve done your entire life is spent your existence in pursuit of things that made you felt curious and inspired, and that should be good enough.
If you get to do that, that’s a wonderful way to have spent your time here.”