“Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.”
YOLO, right? I mean life is short in the sense that the only definite thing you have is the moment, and once it’s over things may or may not change. Before you know it, time will pass you by so quickly that you didn’t even see it coming. I mean sometimes I still feel like I am the new girl in 7th grade that just moved to Michigan, yet that was over 10 years ago now and I’ve lived in two other states since.
Life is long in the sense that when you’re living a life that doesn’t speak to your soul, it can feel like the most grueling process. You may count down the days until it’s over or just feel complacent but not necessarily that enthused by anything, and why? Because responsibilities take over or you don’t know how or are too uninterested to change the way things are going? Fear shouldn’t be the guiding principle of life’s decisions. There are always ways to go for what you really want, if you get comfortable with pushing past your comfort zone. This is a little morbid, but my dad always told me “the ultimate destination for all of us is the same- it’s death, so we might as well enjoy the journey.”
For me, I wouldn’t say that I was full of passion during all phases of my life. I had some that were more difficult, some where I focused more on school and my career, other times when I focused on my friendships and relationships, and there were some moments when I was just trying to get by. I guess this is pretty normal. But within the span of my life thus far, I have been able to discover my passions. I’m most passionate about health, art, dance, music, and the deep relationships I’ve developed in my life.
I grew up playing a few musical instruments, singing, taking art classes, figure skating, ballroom dancing, and doing other artsy hobbies. I don’t keep up with these hobbies much anymore, but I did recently get into zouk dancing and OMG it makes me feel alive again. I don’t have time to do it as often as I like, but I try to dance every week if I can. It’s my therapy and my way to disconnect from my head and reconnect to my soul. It’s kind of like my religion in a way or like my form of meditation or yoga. It allows be to connect with my breath, with my body, with the earth, with the surrounding sounds, and with the people around me. Dance means more to me than just some movement to some sounds; it allows me to reflect on my life and what I want it to be, who I am and who I want to be. There are so many things I learn from dance, and I could write a book on that alone.
The point is, that I think everyone deserves something in their life that makes them feel fully alive- whether it’s nature or environmental studies, food or nutrition, sports, fitness, children, religion, dance, music, art, comedy, travel, your new puppy, whatever. While it’s not easy to fight for your passions (hell, sometimes it’s tough just discovering what you’re passionate about or what your “thing” is), I promise you it is worth it. It’ll be your safeguard from life’s difficulties and besides making you happier, it’ll make you a better person. Don’t let people’s opinions of what you should do with your life stop you from doing what makes sense to you, and definitely don’t be your own worst enemy and make excuses for yourself about why you can’t do what you know deep in your soul will bring that spark back to your life. Whatever makes you feel fully happy in the moment, do that. Do it at least once in a while.