I was driving down the road this morning listening to music and one of my favorite pieces from Mozart came on. I love the way the piano sounds when some his compositions are played on it. You can really tell that Mozart had such a passion for music, composition, and well emotions. You can hear and feel the emotions in his music. This got me thinking about passion and what it means.
I wondered to myself how many people even know what they are passionate about? Of those that do, how many do something about those passions? Think about it, what is your passion?
Fortunately, the world is made of many different kinds of people and the passions that they experience are also all very different. Mozart has music, Julia Child has cooking, Barbara Streisand has singing, Claude Monet has art and so on. They all found their passion and did something with it.
Of course, many of us these days are so busy chasing the almighty dollar, that we don’t make the time to pursue our passions. Some have ignored it for so long, they no longer remember what it is. However, I am noticing that there are more and more entrepreneurs popping up every day. That tells me that some are taking the leap to pursue their passions and I think that is awesome!!
Others are finding interesting ways to express theirs. I watched a video the other day from a guy who found a very clever roundabout way to feed some homeless folks. He called a restaurant that was behind where the 2 homeless guys were camped out and told them that those 2 guys were undercover policemen that were doing surveillance and could they send out coffee and sandwiches, which of course the restaurant promptly did. I am not condoning impersonating police officers, but the point is that he felt passionately about feeding the homeless and so found a way to do it. It took 5 minutes of his time, a little ingenuity, and it was done. Tom Mabe out of Louisville, Kentucky (twitter – @tommabe) followed his heart. Will you do the same?
How many of you have a passion that sees things in an extraordinary way and it would be fabulous to become a photographer and let the world see things through your eyes?
How about music? Writing music, playing the piano, or even to bang on the drums?
Maybe you are a budding writer that desires to be the next Stephen King or Stephanie Meyer or even JK Rowling?
Well, what are you waiting for? Whose permission to start? Or maybe it just seems overwhelming and you don’t know where to start.
So …. instead of reading all those self-help blogs, books, and numerous emails – why not do something about it. Something simple like take a class at the local community college, read a book on the subject, go to the music store and look for what your ideal musical instrument is and what it would cost, open a word document and write down what you are thinking right at this very minute, start taking pictures of things you see with your phone until you can go buy that awesome camera with all the attachments. Do something even a small step is something.
See how it makes you smile and you can count on the fact that it will make someone else smile too. Then decide if you want to pursue it more or even go check out something else. Take an hour a week if you won’t take an hour a day.
Find something to do that will ignite your passions and make you smile. Make life count. Chances are that your job will still be there tomorrow, the laundry can wait another 15 minutes, and well ….
Think about it, every picture that you see that you look at and smile was taken by someone or painted by someone. Every book you read or movie you watch was someones dream or passion. The music is created from inside of someone. If they didn’t take the time to record it, you wouldn’t have things to enjoy. So what can you record that you or others can enjoy?
Take the time, no I mean right now, to do something for yourself, something that will ignite that passion within you.
Enjoy life ….. and smile