I could understand it more if they had a Passion that was wildly exciting or even better - an altruistic Passion like caring for a loved one, or sending money to refugee camps, or volunteering at their local hospital etc, but some of the Passions I've had friends go into raptures over include.....
belly dancing, gourmet club, re-decorating their house (again), the perfect coffee blend, and more. Friends are spending thousands of dollars to go overseas to "help" at an orphanage for a couple of weeks (it even has a name - "voluntouring") - and sometimes I wonder to myself about what that orphanage could have done with the same amount of money sent to them to spend on the children instead of on visitors' airfares?
I hear friends waxing lyrical over a type of cheese or a bottle of wine - it seems that you can't just eat food to satisfy your rumbling tummy or to supplement a social occasion - no! now the occasion has to be about the food itself and it's presentation etc etc. Not to mention that wine now comes with (among other things) a hint of orange peel, lime zest with grassy aromas and mineral notes, or a silky texture with tropical fruits..... (really??) I truly am happy for people to get excited over these things and fill their time with paint colours or costume tassels or feta cheese, or even hints of mown lawn, but I am getting tired of being judged for not being overly excited in response.
I hope I'll eventually find a new job to help supplement the family income and I really hope I enjoy going to work once I've had a break, but to make someone feel that their job isn't right for them if they're not Passionate about it seems to be a bit over the top to me. Surely you can go to work to contribute to society, keep yourself busy ('gainfully employed') and to earn an honest dollar. There would be a lot of jobs going begging if everyone turned their noses up at boring 9-5 jobs that didn't engender a feeling of Passion in their souls.
I think part of it is that we don't have enough to engage us in our day to day lives. We aren't struggling to put food on the table, or watching a loved one battle a disease, or going to bed early because we don't have electricity. A lot of us have more money than we need, so there is a compulsion to spend it and to justify the spending by calling what we spend it on our "Passion". My husband and I have less expendable income than many in our social circle and we've always had to be careful with what we commit ourselves to financially......so I've missed the lead up to needing to discover what my sole focus in life is. I rather enjoy having a few different pastimes that are ways to 'pass time' rather than pursuits that I need to fulfill me and make me a Passionate Person.
So it would be nice if you could please spare me the "what is your Passion?" question and instead get a little more personal and ask me how I am - or how my family is, or what I think about world events...I'd much rather talk about how content I am in my small world, than agonize over what Passion I need to take up to satisfy the first worlders.