Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The lure of Passion

Today's blog question started out as something a lot darker. Because the mind of a writer is a twisted thing, jumping from breadcrumb to breadcrumb like a sparrow, my mind leapt from the 4th of July to defending our country to questioning human nature and the limits of our psyche. Yeah, I know. A little heavy for today.

Instead, I gave some other thought to conversations over the weekend and the celebration of freedom.

I won't name names, but one of my friends mentioned something along the lines of "I wish I could just up and go do that with my life."

I considered that for a bit over the course of the weekend. What is it that you want to do with your life? Passion is one of the things I've written about often enough on this blog. Responsibility is something to be considered of course. If you're passionate about making houses out of Lincoln Logs you may have a tough time making a living doing so.

Then again, I don't know about that. Perhaps, deep in the Ozarks, there's a master Lincoln Log home builder who owns a mansion based on one of his models.

At what point after realizing your passion in life do you find the bravery to take the leap to go after it? At what point do you consider the possibility that you could make a living if you just went after the thing that makes you smile and breathe in magic as you're doing it?

If you could do anything in life... if money was no longer an object...what would you do?

You all know my answer...I'd write full time. Until I reach a level of sales that I can make the jump, I weigh the risk and look at the successes of fellow writers and know the odds are stacked against me right now. But I keep on headed in the direction I know I'm supposed to be going...the one that draws me nearer each time I put new words on the page.

So that's my question to you all today... if you could do anything in life, what would you do?


Blogger Skip Novak said...

In the words of Peter Gibbons as portrayed by Ron Livingston in the great film "Office Space"

"I would do nothing." simply because I have done nothing but work since I got my first paper route when I was 10. Which is almost 33 years ago.

Either that or in the words of Lawrence from "Office Space" as portrayed by Diedrich Bader "I'd do two chicks at one time."

You asked for it.

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Blogger Nick Cato said...

As the ROLLINS BAND sang back in 1987: "Don't think about it: do it. Do It. D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DO IT!"

Words to live by.

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