Do we all have it in us, to be passionate?

To care and feel so deeply about something, or someone that your soul comes alive, your senses heightened? Have you ever felt an intensified feeling which warms your body with excitement or flares your body with rage? Can you remember the last time you felt intense feeling about something? Where your emotion takes control of you, where there's a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye, and where the words can roll off of your tongue so intensely that people hang on, listening, not for what you are saying, but for the enthusiasm you express, how your words dance to their song.

Have you ever watched in awe of someone else radiating their passion? For instance, a teacher who cares so deeply about the topic that their presence captures your heart, their words capture your mind, leaving an imprint etched within you, that you can't shake it off? Or perhaps a hobby that you can spend hours working on that you get lost in time, caught in the moment? Its clutches have captured your attention and have drawn you in so deeply that you don't feel hungry, you don't feel restless, you don't notice anything around you, you're in the zone and are passionately engaged in what your heart has drawn your attention.

Now turn this around. Have you ever felt lost, lonely, tearful, sad, unworthy or broken? Have you ever experienced pain that made your heart swell with sadness and left an empty hole in you? Have you ever felt so hurt that you no longer feel the pain, you instead feel empty and numb?

Can you experience the intensity of the sadness and pain if there wasn't love and passion there to start? Do you allow life to hold you back out of fear of experiencing failure and disappointment?

Or do you embrace every opportunity to smile and enjoy what life can bring, the highs the lows and the passionate bits in between?

Do you look around and see things that aren't perfect and want to 'fix' them to make them perfect? Or do you look around you and see all of the possibilities that lie in your surroundings? A new item at the supermarket that could turn into your secret ingredient that zings up the recipes that you passionately enjoy cooking?What about a new song you've come across that brings a bit of sparkle to your life, so that you can hit all the high notes in the shower? Or what about a colorful notebook to add to your collection where you will be able to release the thousands of thoughts that cross your mind each day?

Do we have it in us, to be passionate? To fill our day with love, to share the joys of something we care deeply for that can trigger inspiration for those around us?

Of course, we do.

Do we all always utilize our passion in the right way? Sadly no.

Now turn this around. Have you ever felt lost, lonely, tearful, sad, unworthy or broken? Have you ever experienced pain that made your heart swell with sadness and left an empty hole in you? Have you ever felt so hurt that you no longer feel the pain, you instead feel empty and numb?

If you're the kind of person that feels passionately about something which creates the opposite effect of what most people desire, stop yourself for a moment and take time to reflect. Ask yourself, how do you want to be remembered? How will you use your passion? To cause pain and suffering, or to inspire, transform?

If you don't know what your passion is, don't ask yourself why — ask yourself how. How are you going to find your passion-purpose, your love? How are you going to incorporate it into your day to make the dark days lighter? And how can you use it to help others?

We all have a multitude of talents, desires, and passions. And it is our actions, behaviors, and motivational drivers which can influence those around us. Rather than let others affect how our day turns out, let's be responsible for shaping our days by embracing our passion projects and setting time aside for us to enjoy them.

Do we all have it in us to be passionate? Yes, yes, YES, WE DO!

 

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Tessa Silllifant is a writer, travel extraordinaire and life guru. She is a quirky Cornish girl living in New Zealand, helping students navigate their way through tertiary education with a key focus on well-being. In her spare time, Tessa dances at every opportunity, and is continuously updating her bucket list! You can connect with Tessa through her website.

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