Thursday, September 15, 2011

Passionate for Life

"And Daddy, they took my boot! But I was saved! I was saved by a flying wild a loin cloth!" (What film? A scrumptious red pear to the first to guess correctly in the comments!)

What does it mean to be passionate about something?

"Can"t eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, World Series kind of stuff" is how the Olsen twins described love in It Takes Two (a 1995 film starring Kirstie Alley and Steve Guttenberg).

We say sometimes that someone lives for something, that they don't do anything but, that they live, eat and breathe their passion. Honestly, it sounds exhausting. Maybe that's just because I'm four months pregnant and have a two year-old, so everything sounds exhausting. But it also means I don't have time to do nothing but my passion. I've got laundry to do!

Does that mean I'm not passionate about  my writing? Does it mean that writing is not the only thing that I'm passionate about? ('cause I sure love my two littles!)

My husband is into sci-fi, firefighters, Boy Scouts and martial arts. He doesn't get to do those much right now either. The other night, we were watching Jackie Chan's recent Karate Kid, talking of the day he could go to the dojo again, accompanied by our son.

A quote from the film struck me. It's the defining scene when the master shows the student that he has indeed been learning kung fu. Jackie Chan says, "Everything is Kung Fu. It lives in how we put on our jacket and take it off. How we treat other people..."  

To me, that is how to live my passion. To see it in everything, everything is an inspiration, everyone a character worth noting, everything scenery a possible stage, every word worth listening to and noting for dialogue. Every midnight stroll is a meander in a field of words, rustling around my feet. My passion lives in the good night reading with my son and the good morning kicks from my unborn child.

 What is your passion? How do you live your passion?


  1. Martial arts and writing have a lot in common: both require extreme dedication, discipline, and long hours of training. And if you're passionate enough about it, they will both permeate into all aspects of your life. My passion in both resulted in my quitting my 9-to-5 to become a martial arts instructor, which also gives me more time to write. :)

    Thank you for sharing this and reminding me to keep going at my passions. One day they will bear fruit.

  2. Hi...I get to live my creative passions through writing, performance Storytelling, and working as a Drama Specialist. It's all good.

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