Yesterday I had the chance to have a last cup of coffee with a friend in Asheville. Over the coffee the topic of passion came up. I don’t mean the adult-movie-type-passion, I mean the type passion a person has for a cause, a hobby or even vocation. Seems like so many folks in this country are stuck in 9-to-5 jobs that they hate, but they’ve sold their souls to modern living and can’t follow their passion because of the material possessions they’ve become indentured servants to.
My friend mentioned how bored and frustrated they were with the current job. I asked, “What’s your passion…what would really get your juices flowing?”
“Horses. Children. Children with epilepsy. Working in equestrian therapy with children that have epilepsy”.
That’s their passion. But they can’t see anyway there from here. It got me to thinking. Why don’t more people do what they love? I think maybe it could be summed up in a one word answer. Fear.
It’s amazing what fear can make us do or keep us from doing…but that’s a topic for another blog. Back to passion.
If you go to my couchsurfing profile by clicking here you’ll see this quote by Mark Twain at the top of the page.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.Catch the trade winds in your sails.Explore.Dream.Discover. Mark Twain”
Not everyone can take a season out of life and bicycle across the country. Not everyone wants to or even needs to. But I think everyone needs to ask themselves one question:
If you knew you were going to die next month, what would you do differently than you are now?
Now go do it. None of us are promised next month…or tomorrow.