Thursday, August 27, 2009

Passionate People: How Do You Know If You're One?

What drives you? Is there something in your life you absolutely cannot live without? If you died tomorrow, what would people say about your mission in life? Is there a "most important" thing that gets you out of bed early, and often? Having thought a lot about this topic lately, I've decided to define it further to help us all answer the previous questions...

The Passion Flower - thought it was fitting in this post...

First, let's start with defining addiction: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. Let's think about this... From the outside perspective, what do people say about artists that focus solely on their craft? Probably something like, "They're so addicted..." or "My word, is that all the do?" Yet, is their passion, their joy, an addiction? Is there something, like passion, which is more powerful than addiction?

There is... And it is passion! Those of us with the chemical spark - the one that gives drive to our passion - will no doubt gravitate to something. Yes, I'm saying that the passionate are pre-disposed. The passionate have a NEED, you might say, a unbending desire to DO. This is stronger, and at times, might compete with an addiction. Yet, passion will be the basis for the individual - it will define them. Hopefully a negative addiction is just a short-term obsession. Based on this conclusion, a better definition of passion should be:

PASSION: having unending drive towards the pursuit of one's internal desires...

Your thoughts? Post a comment and let's get to the heart of this...

PS: my passion: OUTDOOR PURSUITS!!!

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