On Passion…

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.

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About learningtolivedeliberately

I'm Victoria, eighteen years old from a small town in NH. I study English Literature and Writing at a small liberal arts college in Boston, MA. I find inspiration from authors like Henry David Thoreau, George Orwell and Charles Bukowski. I'm fascinated by nature and exploring the world around me. I strive to understand the inherent wanderlust seen not only in myself, but in many others around the world. This blog is to share what I have learned, and to record my journey into the wild.
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6 Responses to On Passion…

  1. I love passion! And I always find I connect most sincerely with people who are also passionate — it could be about something totally different than I’m interested in and passionate about, but somehow, without apathy, connection across boarders of disparate interests is easy!

  2. klynwurth says:

    Well-thought and well-said. Your photos are lovely, too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks! I’m glad you like it!

  4. brionnaroxnicole says:

    Reblogged this on love. life. & photography and commented:
    Love this.(:

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