Everything in life requires passion. Every part of living that is emotion, love or happiness is, at the very heart – passion.
The day to day routine of responsibilities can weigh heavy on your life, your mind and your heart. It is needless to say that the longevity of a dutiful routine creates a certain stress. It can almost start to seem as if you are counting down the minutes for your workdays or schooldays to end. Before you know it ending the day isn’t enough, waiting for the end of the week becomes your ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. From there, you find yourself in a blur, going through the motions for the next vacation break and hoping your subconscious is smart enough to manage the cruise control.
When I find myself in this place, I consider myself shipwrecked – hence the photo. I feel hopeless. I likely know where I am, I have enough supplies to survive, but I don’t feel as if I am truly living. I know staying in one place isn’t going to get me where I want to be, but what can I do?
Most things are easier said than done. Surrounding yourself with some inspirational and positive people would make the sea that much smaller, but remember – this island is in your own mind. You are stranded here in this mindset and you are the only one who can set yourself free.
Firstly, you would be amazed how the simplest things can have such a release. When was the last time you took a deep breath? I mean really, filled your lungs to capacity and slowly exhaled – ten consecutive times. Let’s start right there with giving yourself enough oxygen to unlock your mind.
Remember when I said everything in life requires passion? It’s true. Every piece of art, couple walking the streets holding hands, even just the turkey shape of a cloud bubbling overhead – they can all rekindle your passion to create or to do something more. It’s a matter of taking it in. Watch the breeze as it churns the trees, shakes the leaves and dwindle down to a light sway of the grass.
I find myself taking these moment whenever I sit to write my novel, Radiant Heroes. After a draining day of work, my passion meter is a bit low. Sometimes all it might take is a sign of affection, while other times, a call with close friend or a game session. What I have found being most revitalizing for me seems to tie directly with an act of appreciation. Making that call to an old friend to see where life has taken them because somewhere in my life – they have supported me. Having a long hug (10+ seconds min) with your family or partner, while you praise them for taking out dinner when you had forgotten and how you missed him/her. Passion is being given out through your soul, and reflected back to you in equal measure. Giving out that very love has multiplied your resolve. Sounds silly? No, it’s just almost too simple. What do you do?
If nothing else captures you, please remember – Life is meant to be lived, not endured.
Find your passion and make sweet sweet love to it.