Everyone has a passion. Everyone has something that motivates them to indulge further into life and the experiences it has to offer. Some people have passion for art, music, science, etc. I believe that the happiest of people are those that have invested their life in their passion, whatever that may be. And, in contrast, I believe the saddest of people are those who have watched their passion slip away.
It took me awhile to understand what my passion was. I’ve always known what my interests are, some of which being photography, painting, music, and hiking. However, being interested in something doesn’t always mean your passionate about it. After doing some introspective reflections, I realized that my passion is not one single thing. I have a passion for exploring life and trying new things.
My journey through nature has only deepened my passion for life. I was inspired by Thoreau and the works of others who searched for their passion and stayed true to them. Now, I continue to find inspiration in the world around me.
People too often forget how beautiful the world is. Perhaps we are blinded by materialism, or perhaps we are tainted by all of the atrocities that occur world-wide. It is equally important to remember the beauty in life as it is to remember how quickly that beauty can become corrupted. Without the reminder of past and present problems in the world, people would, most likely, become greedy and unappreciative. Without the reminder of past and present victories and moments of beauty, people would, most likely become cold and fearful.
I strive not to be greedy but to be appreciative. I allow myself to be fearful – but not so that I become immobilized and bitter. Without having a passion, I believe I would lack a purpose. My purpose is what helps me live each day with open eyes and an open heart. My purpose is not for someone else, a higher power, or anything. It’s mine. I challenge myself every day to dive deeper into my passion, and fulfill the expectations that I give myself in order to be the person I wish to be.
I encourage you to own your purpose. Whether that purpose be your own, to someone else, to a higher power, or whatever it may be, I challenge you to find it and understand it. Become your own purpose. Indulge in your passion. Be the person you wish to be, and never let anyone or anything keep you from fulfilling that.