I never had any passion. It may seem implausible but I didn’t know that it is essential to cultivate a craving beyond little desires and dreams. The awakening hit me quite late when I heard that it defines us, it carries us far beyond, into another world.
When I started thinking about my passion, I got to know this girl who just wanted to be happy but didn’t know how. She was too scared to ask anyone. She just observed. She happened to watch squalor, intimidation and subjugation.
She wanted to protest, to shout out to the world but she couldn’t find the words, the courage and the voice. Could that become her passion?
She often talks to me. She shares all her little dreams, anxieties and fears with me…
She lived in two worlds – one that transported her into those lands of her choice, by the side of a hill, with a tiny brook flowing leisurely. She often sat by the side of this brook, dipping her hands and looking at the flowing water, wondering – is she going to flow like that one day? Why can’t her life be just like this brook, beautiful, babbling and carefree?
When she steps out of her land of fantasy, sometimes she takes me into those dark alleys of her life, which she fears to tread all alone.
She likes to sit in those corners, which had once scared her, testing her strength and narrating the horrid experiences of violence, fear and anger. Those corners have become an integral part of her reflections now.
She hopes to shake them off by talking about them.
She has promised to share all her agonies with me but there is some fear, which scares her away.
She often tells me with great confidence and pride that she has torn off those fears but I am skeptical as I can see them lurking around her, in her way of sharing her thoughts, in her eyes.
I know she will never share certain incidents of her early childhood. I know she doesn’t remember them clearly. I am very certain her passion lies buried in those obscure crevices.
There are many such children who feel they have no opportunities of growing up with love. They miss the sunshine of life, they have never found delight in rain, and they always yearn for those few years that we call childhood – the blessed period of our life.
They become immune to misfortunes. Struggle becomes a part of their life. Resilience meets them naturally, without any effort. Can you expect them to have a passion?
Yes, they do… when they start comprehending the meaning of passion, when they realize that the world is much larger than what they have seen, when they grow beyond the sordid realities of life.
Passion – a strong and uncontrollable emotion, an intense desire associated with an urge to accomplish like one of my friends possessed.
My friend, everybody called him ‘Don’ due to his incredible confidence, was a very successful lawyer ten years ago. He had accomplished this position with the help of his father who was his mentor, who was very keen that his son should take up his law firm to the next level. Don loved his father and so followed his footsteps, bringing all the happiness and contentment to his father’s ambitious nature.
Whatever Don had done, he had done for his father and so it gave him a great satisfaction but he realized after few years of successful practice that he was a misfit. He didn’t enjoy his work; his passion didn’t lie in his profession, which his father had chosen for him. He started regretting his decision but he didn’t want to hurt his father.
When he met his soul mate who was also a lawyer, she could figure out Don’s simmering discontent with his job. She took up all the responsibilities of the firm to let him follow his passion.
If money is not your priority or financial constraints are not limiting your interests, it is always good to follow your passion.
Don gave up a very successful career to pursue his childhood yearning – acting! He could never communicate his love for acting as his father had big dreams for him. Being the only son, he felt it was his responsibility to follow those dreams. The values that he had picked up from his family impelled him towards his duty first and his passion took a back seat.
Yes, he couldn’t be an immediate success. In fact he failed the initial auditions and started wondering whether he was carved out to be just a lawyer. His determination and the loving, solid support of his wife stood by him during those hours of cynicism. He joined an acting institute to hone his lost skills. He had acted on various stages during his university years, which kept him hopeful.
I had lost touch with Don after I got too busy with my life and therefore I was pleasantly surprised when one day I happened to see him acting in one of the most popular shows on television. His persistence paid off and now he is a popular actor. He still assists his wife in some cases that interest him but most of his time is spent in acting.
He may not be earning as much money as he could have amassed as a lawyer, he may not be having the best car but the contentment and the happiness of accomplishing his childhood goal sparkles on his face. He may have started quite late and therefore could not bag the main roles but that was not his target. His happy moments are those, which satisfy his creative urge.
Passions get trampled upon for various reasons but it is never too late to catch up.
Despite that well-meaning advice of not paying much attention to passion in this competitive world, the embers do keep smoldering if the passion is intense. They just need a little fuel.
It is never too late to start again. “Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.” – Hunter S. Thompson
Have you followed your passion? Were you dissuaded from your path by some obstacles? I would love to hear your views.
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