Ok, so back to the good news. Understand your career will likely take interesting turns and twists and each step builds towards the next until you hit that sweet spot – which is different for everyone – you will work it out as you go. You will find your way.
Let’s explore those interests. When your brain is stressed, it is hard to think of alternatives, what you like, what you don’t like and that big “what is your passion” conundrum.
Firstly, passion comes from doing something, enjoying it and being good at it so you want to become even better and master it. Park that thought and look at basic interests – a broad base such a health, business, sales, animals, technology, science, the planet, military, government etc.
Now undertake a comprehensive research program. This investigation should be a detailed process of discovery enough for you to understand the full picture of the different options in this space.
Once you have that big picture information – look at the aspects that look exciting to you. Talk to a broad group of people in those roles and get the real story.
This process of information gathering is powerful and will probably give you some confidence to decide on your next step. The more you know, the more factual your information, the better you will feel about committing. Investing in this exploratory process before committing in time and money is well worth the effort.
… and for extra inspiration read about the careers of Stephen King, Oprah, Vincent van Gogh, J.K Rowling, Harrison Ford, Vera Wang and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few.