Yesterday, I wrote a post about being fed up with a comfortable definition of passion. And I was blown away by the poem that broke free in the comments section. Below, the words are not mine. They are the words of the brilliant and beautiful commenters.
Click the links to find out where the wise words originated (all links will open in a new window):
Passion gnaws at you until you cannot deny it any longer. And once you stop denying it? Well, life unfolds into a passionate, steamy love affair. You are your passion.
Passion is when your art and you are careening down a mountainside and you’re not sure who’s driving.
Passion can go underground for decades and when ignited by the right circumstance… pours forth again, relentlessly.
We need to allow ourselves to be servants of passion, vessels of passion, workhorses for passion, be taken over by passion…
Transcendence rocks… and rolls… and grabs other people by the collar and says “Don’t ever try to tame me, ride me… wrecklessly.”
Without listening to passion we’re living zombies.
Passion won’t wait for the ‘right time’. It won’t stick around while you wait for others to finish up what they’re doing. Passion makes you take control and forge ahead.
Passion does not reside somewhere in the middle, but at the extremes. Only there can real inspiration be found. Wishy washy feelings fade to grey.
The original purpose of this blog was to highlight a penchant for the passionately handmade. It still is. But it has grown (because of you) into so much more than that.
I’ve just adopted a new tagline that, while not as punchy as Jan’s, encapsulates what this site is all about: Scoutie Girl is where passionate creatives connect, converse, and connect. This space is the corner coffee shop, the hopping gallery, the college quad. It’s a place for you to be yourself, find nourishment, and engage.
The comments on yesterday’s post were a brilliant example of that mission. Thank you.
The question I’m going to leave unanswered for right now is: if that’s passion, how the hell do I find it?
Listen, I don’t know for sure. But I’m going to take a crack at it on Monday. I don’t want to leave you hanging.
In the meantime, please check out Alexis Martin Neely’s video on passion in business. Here’s the 1 sentence synopsis: you don’t need to know your passion to get started in business, but finding you passion as a business is a fundamental part of sustaining your success for the long haul.