Passion! The mere word stirs the soul, doesn’t it? There have been a lot of passionate displays recently and whether you shared someone else’s passion or not you had to admire it.
I have, perhaps, shown my passion in excess recently but I’m unashamed. It has to come out…be set free…lest we might explode. That’s what if feels like to be passionate about something.
When you share a passion with someone the energy grows and becomes more powerful. You may put off some people, displaying your passion, but the alternative is unthinkable to me.
No one expresses their passion more than my dear friend Isabelle who is a newly minted citizen of the U.S.A. Her passion during our insane political season was infectious.
First of all, to become a citizen requires a certain passion. I respect that more than I can say. I can’t imagine becoming a citizen of another country no matter how much I may enjoy it or even love it. Yet as many as one million immigrants become citizens of the U.S. each year.
I think this says more about our country than the vitriol spewed forth this past year between our political parties. And, to be honest, I think anyone who goes through the process of becoming a citizen has the right to shout their views from the rooftops if they so choose…which Isabelle did. It was infectious.
We share the same political views but her passion gave them new meaning for me. It was palpable. It was invigorating. It made me feel more engaged in the election process and what was at stake. I am grateful for her passion!
I’ve never been a fan of the apathetic. Life is too short. How boring it must be to live without passion.
It doesn’t matter if your passion is for a different view than mine as long as you are genuine in your belief and have a mutual respect for the other side. Being passionate doesn’t give license to being mean spirited.
Now it’s back to less volatile passions, like music and art, and that’s fine with me because I can use the rest.
What are you passionate about? I hope you’ll share your passion in the comments.