What's Your Passion? Find it!

I've had a big revelation in my wee little life this past year.  Find your passion and the world will change for you!  There is no guarantee that all of the changes will be welcomed in all facets of your life, but overall, the universe will smile upon you.  And who doesn't want that?!  I realized that my passion in life is writing.  I need to write, it's an integral part of who I am and helps make me a complete person. I am able to love more, understand more, see more, hear more.  It's tough to explain, but if you've found your passion, it's like you get it, you're awake - you were given the key, the de-coder ring and it is a load off! 

I read "The Alchemist" for book club - it's a good "find your passion" primer.  I am quite sure there is a section in most book stores devoted to finding yourself, but I don't know if it's as hard as we make it out to be.  The reason I say that is I was recently in a tiny bookstore in Colorado.  As I was browsing for books on Colorado in the nooks and crannies of the store when I heard a young excited voice of a 12 year old boy. "I am obsessed with making chicken wings and buffalo chicken wings and I'm wondering if you have any cookbooks that have any recipes?"  I was instantly amazed! I could not believe what I was hearing!  Chicken wings? I turned to a fellow browser and said,"Did you hear that?" I repeated what he said and the man and I agreed that this is the type of person to own a restaurant one day.  I said,"You can't write this stuff!"  Maybe someone can, but it's spontaneous life at its finest.  I was still trying to get over this and a man that was buried in the stacks next to me that had overheard our conversation said glumly,"I have to live with it everyday." I told him that this was so great - his son had already found his passion in life!  It's a gift! He said that his son cooks for them all of the time and they hope that he owns a restaurant some day.  The bummer of it was that he wasn't excited about this metamorphosis in his son.  He was embarrassed.  I thought it was the coolest thing I'd heard all day!  Yeah, I get that it's geeky to tell someone that you're obsessed with chicken wings.  But the bigger picture spells happiness and success.

My hope for everyone is that they find their passion, follow it, never forget it.  And for those with young children, help them find it.  It's a beautiful journey no matter the bumps in the road.


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