Soulful Saturday: Passion

Good morning and happy Saturday, everyone! Is everyone having a nice weekend? I know some of you might be working today, but I’d like to discuss a topic that’s a bit more broad than usual today. A big thanks to my friend who often gives me prompts when I’m stuck! She gave me this idea when I was struggling on Tuesday’s post… But this one is going to be a hard one, guys. So get ready… ‘cause it’s time to talk about passion.

Now, passion can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, and I want to emphasize that I’m not talking about romantic passion in this case. I’m talking about passion for your hobbies, for living. I’m talking the kind of passion that drives you to work each day and to do the things you love to do. While those types of passion may be similar to the passion in a romance, I don’t think of them quite the same. So, let’s talk about them, shall we?

Passion, I believe, is important in just about anything you do. It’s the thing that motivates you when you’re feeling off kilter to get something done, even if sometimes that something feels tedious. To me, passion is both acquired and a bit of nature: I find many families have similar hobbies in each generation, including my own. Sure, I’m not a tech wizard like my dad… But I’m a writer, and not the only one in my family.

My father, after being severely ill for years, found a love of writing when he was starting to recover. My aunt, his sister, recently found herself in a writing group and has really taken to it. She’s started to understand both the difficulties and the triumphs writing can bring, and I’m really happy being able to talk to her about it just like I can talk to my dad.

But as I said, passion isn’t purely nature. It’s something we acquire after trying something a couple times. I may have always loved telling stories, but I wasn’t that big on writing even after I learned to read and write. It took me time to realize I wanted to write the stories I was telling. And then, it took even more time for me to truly enjoy it. But, with a few tries, my passion for it blossomed. I can’t imagine my life without the ability to write poems and stories anymore.

That’s not my only passion, though. Yep- you can have multiple things you’re passionate about! It’s a matter of trial and error, finding the things that make that flower blossom in your chest. Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s hard. And, sometimes, you’ll have too many flowers bloomed at once to focus on one project or another. That’s something I personally deal with on a regular basis.

But to me, passion is vital. It’s a building block of life, in my mind. Without it, I’d never feel joy through the things I do. I strongly believe that it’s the passion we feel for things that truly makes them worth our time. It may take time to grow, but it’s best to stick close to the things it blooms from. Those things will bring you ample joy and fulfillment over time… And that’s part of their beauty, don’t you think?

I know I talked in circles today, but I believe this topic is a very broad, personal adventure. So tell me, my friends: what are you passionate about? What do you think helps make passion bloom? I’d love to hear about it from your perspective, too!

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Jaluna

A young adult who writes as a way of life, and treats all her characters as her children.

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