Passion is a fickle task master.
It seems that as we master one thing in our lives it transforms itself into something else that is equally worth giving up everything else for. It seems that the only thing about passion that endures is Passion itself----as we perpetually re-invent ourselves.
So, while there is no one thing that I would choose to say that I am passionate about (and there are many), it is only because I would like the freedom to be passionate about whatever I want to be passionate about. I would say that I am “serially-passionate”----“seriously-passionate”----“surreally-passionate.”
A “Renaissance” approach to passion can sustain a life---it is contagious, and has the power to infect those around us with passions of their own. We actually transform those around us by merely transforming ourselves.
Some passions even overlap----or at least are not mutually exclusive. For example we can be very passionate about our families and our work in the same time frame. I would not call this “multi-tasking-passion”----but more that both require each other so much that they allow co-existence. There are those who would say that one of the two will always suffer, but I think they can also feed each other---nurture each other if one is vigilant and honest. While passions often are all consuming, sooner or later we must come up for air and perhaps focus on other passions in order to bring new energy to that other passion after a break. There is Yin & Yang in all things and no one can stay on the Honeymoon for ever----it can actually get even better.
In this sense passion is life. We must find what we are passionate about and experience “Passion-Gone-Wild.”
Passion has a dark side as well---while it sustains us and gives our lives meaning---it also eventually kills us. That said, a life lived without passion, is a life not lived at all. It really doesn’t matter whether our passion is removing a tumor from a child’s brain or painting sunsets----be passionate in all that you do----or don’t do it at all. I am so grateful that we are all so different and have so many different interests so that there will always be someone that will be passionate about all the things that I have no interest in being passionate about.
Passion is a choice.
It is a gift we can give ourselves to make us feel more alive---to live our lives more fully. We all know people hanging on by a thread, that for one reason or another put many stone walls and moats in the way of finding the passion in their lives. Living there lives as if they don’t choose----blaming others for their lack of passion---for their lack of joy and aliveness. So you see, being without passion, also kills----most likely even quicker. Sometimes there are things worse than death. There IS no getting out of here alive.
Neil Young asked in one of his more recent albums, “Are You Passionate?”
He also said, “It is better to burn out than to fade away.”
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