What is Passion? There are several definitions for the word passion. One refers to crime and hate. Another refers to ardent affection. But the one I want to look at is the one that states this: “intense, driving, overmastering feeling or conviction.”
For so many years of my life I didn’t know what my purpose was. I stumbled uncertainly back and forth because I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going. There were too many options and I couldn’t make up my mind which one I should choose. I even came close to giving up because I felt worthless, like I didn’t belong or have anything to offer to the world.
When I was at one of my lowest points I came across a quote that has changed my life completely.
The more I thought about it the more it made sense. Then I had to ask myself what exactly my passion was. What was it that drove me intensely?
I knew I loved writing. I loved the feeling of fresh paper under my hands and a pencil gripped between my fingers. I loved pulling words out of nowhere; painting pictures and creating music out of syllables and phrases. But merely writing wasn’t enough. I needed to have a reason to write.
I wanted my words and thoughts to make a difference in this world. And that is where I found my passion. And when that unfolded I found my purpose. It was as if God himself whispered in my ear and the greatest peace touched my soul. I had been placed here on this despicable planet, so full of hate and violence, for a very specific reason. The thing that I loved doing the most had been gifted to me on purpose! I, just a lowly girl with nothing but my simple thoughts and scribbles, could use my talents to spread love and good tidings.
Something else became clearer to me through all of this as well. I realized that a life without some form of passion is merely existence. It’s flat. It’s pointless. And it will end. There will be that day when death has called and everything that has been done in vain will become dust and ashes.
All lives end but when a life full of purpose and direction comes to the end, we know that everything that has been accomplished will have a lasting effect on someone, if not many, and the reward of paradise will be justly deserved.
It saddens me to see so many living their lives with only themselves and their own personal happiness in mind. We were created as a brotherhood, intended to work together, contributing our own gifts for the benefit of the world and the rest of humanity.
Van Gogh stated, “I would rather die of passion than boredom.”
I can guarantee that if you take the time to find something to be passionate about and can help others in doing so, then you will experience many more amazing blessings and adventures than you could have ever imagined. When you stop looking for what is going to make you happy and stretch out your hand to help someone else in need, you will in turn experience greater happiness in your own life. Sometimes those moments are small and unexpected, but if you make it your habit and goal to continue to help others in spreading love you will never live to regret it!