Monday, January 28, 2013

What Are You Passionate About?

Monday was the first day of classes at the University. I had the students sit in a circle and tell each other their name, why they chose to take modern dance, and what their passion was. The last question was the most important because, even though I'm interested in how they move, I'm more concerned about what they love, what they cannot live without, and what drives them.

Passion is an interesting thing, isn't it? It's an overused word, sometimes heard when said, "I just lost my passion for it," or "I was passionate about it until (insert excuse right here)." People who are passionate about something don't just lose it, they cling on to it because they can't live without it. Passion transcends all phases of life, it pushes us beyond hardship, pain, and the daily monotony of living.

But you all know this. You guys are the most passionate people I know.

Self Portrait.

Still, I'm curious what you're passionate about. I know you, I know your blogs and (for a lot of you) I know your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles, but if you could verbalize what your passion is, I'd love to hear it. I think it would help us get to know each other better and help me know what things you care about.

And not only that, sometimes articulating what you're passionate about is a good reminder of why you love it so much, especially when times are tough and your passion is driving you to insanity (totally normal, ps.)

So I ask you...
What are you passionate about?
Thank you for all your kind words yesterday, and thank you for not being too disappointed I'm not pregnant. Heh.

33 comments:

  1. my passion is creating things. as long as i can remember that is what i have been doing. while my career is focused on caring for people (i'm a nurse), i still find i am interested in creating, and i love being around others who create.

    do you think it is possible to have a fulfilling career doing something other than your passion? or maybe have multiple things you are passionate about?

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  2. I am passionate about a great many things. Staying physically active for sure, but I actually love running. I run with no music and often with a partner. When I run alone I love to hear my body mechanics. It's like dancing with no music, you listen to yourself breathe (and your body creak). Irish dance is absolutely another passion. Not only did I love dancing with every fiber of my being but I love teaching kids to dance and learn to love Irish dance specifically. It's constantly changing and that's what makes it ever so challenging. Like you, I'm passionate about cooking. It's also something that soothes my soul. It's so relaxing getting all of your mise en place and preparing each step in the recipe.

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  3. You know, I'm not passionate about anything and it bothers me a lot.

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  4. Music, Star-gazing, and tickling my kids.

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  5. I'm passionate about my babies, food, photography, traveling, reading, decorating, and life.

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  6. love this. im passionate about life. its the best :) X

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  7. I'm passionate about not losing memories and enjoy the little things. I am passionate also about my writing... =)

    Good luck with your class!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  8. where do i begin - saving the earth - new handbags - design/decor - love - ... 1 thing i'm NOT passionate about is my career - THAT has to change! - but i just STILL don't know what i REALLY wanna do - your SUPER lucky in that way - hello envy!

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  9. not a newsflash, but i simply can't live without a healthy body. for me that means dance - because it's just a part of my "sanity" - i must, or i am not self. it also means good food. it also means balanced happy state, where life is busy enough to be ALIVE, but not so crazy one is drowning in it. Just like a river - not too huge, but not too small, always running, clear, happy waters, and not too intense to cause problems for surroundings :)

    www.livingnotesfromnyc.com

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  10. @Tabitha- That's very interesting. I'd love to talk to you more about that.

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  11. @Leah F- Absolutely! You don't have to make money from your passion. And having multiple passions means you've given more of yourself than most people.

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  12. I'm passionate about asking questions. It's one of the reasons I choreograph and dance. It fuels my work and my decisions. Also, I'm passionate about my family. I don't just love my family, it's more than that to be passionate about something. They shape my time, my thoughts, and my decisions. Family trumps all!

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  13. I am passionate about the well being of others. I think often of members of my family and friends and even that stranger down the street holding the "homeless, please help" sign. I can't get people out of my mind. I too ask tons of questions. I think people are so fascinating and interesting. I wonder what makes people tick or what happened to make someone the way they are. I am also passionate about music and the impact it has on our lives, the lessons it teaches. I would like to think i still have a passion for dancing, even though I only dance in my living room with my daughters now. It's hard to find the time and money to take classes for it. I guess my passion for my family trumps my passion for dance. And that's ok. To each their own. :)

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  14. I guess I should add that I'm also passionate about helping people. I don't just see a homeless person and do nothing. Had to clarify!

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  15. I like to say I'm passionate about photography but then sometimes I feel like I "lose" that feeling and so am I really that passionate about it? However, I cannot imagine a day where I don't have a camera glued to my eye so maybe that's my answer.

    And congrats about the new class! that's awesome ms. teacher :-)

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  16. I'd say I'm passionate about writing, and about creating in general; choreography, cooking, etc. Bringing something into the world where before there was nothing. Not to say that I have any major talent for any of the above, but the process fuels me.

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  17. Music and writing. I never let a day go by without engaging in both. Not because I feel obligated to, but because I don't feel complete without them, just don't feel like myself.

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  18. I love how many people are passionate about so many things–it's inspiring!

    I'm certainly passionate about music and history (dreams of a PhD program are floating in my head constantly, and I think you and I will have some very exciting things to talk about–I want to make ballet a part of the classical music history curriculum!) but also my music with John, and opera. I'm passionate about weddings, and about my partner in so many of these things. I think, though, that if there was only one thing I could be passionate about, I might call it "beauty" or simply "art".

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  19. I am passionate about a lot of things. Food, wine, writing, politics and of course my daughter. And by the way congrats on your teaching job, that is so awesome. Love that photo of you. Gorgeous.

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  20. First, I love your self portrait. It's beautiful. I am passionate about two things: finding the beauty in the world around me and my family.

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  21. I'm passionate about the written word. Reading and writing, they both drive me. I guess that's why I'm so attracted to blogging, because it is both of those things.

    I've loved to read pretty much since I learned how. I've always been a total bookworm. And the minute I find out someone else likes to read all I want to do is sit and pick their brain about their favorite books. And then I want to share all my favorites.

    Writing came nearly at the same time reading it. I want to be able to share my thoughts with others and the easiest way for me to do that is writing. And hopefully one day I'll be able to do that on a grander level by getting published.

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  22. Without thinking too hard, my gut response is 'being outside', so I think I have to stick with that. Nothing feels betters than being out in the great outdoors, and when I'm stuck in an office I cling to my fresh air memories! Of course, half the fun of being outdoors is the excuse to curl up by the fire on my return. Congratulations on your new job- it sounds really exciting!

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  23. i am crazy for art. it started when i was five years old and my kindergarden teacher pulled out the paints and showed us that mixing yellow and blue would make GREEN. i was entranced. it was like magic to me. and i have been crazy for art ever since. :)

    p.s. do not stop by my blog today. i don't think it would be your thing. :)

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  24. Congrats on your first day -- I'm glad it went well.

    I'm passionate about so many things, which is a good thing, I think. Family, writing, my cats. :)

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  25. Passionate, what a beautiful word. I'm passionate about my students. I teach special education, and I care so much about them. I'm invested in their lives, where they go once they leave our school. In fact, I think I'm going to write a blog post about just that...

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  26. I'm passion about writing and creating. I'm not passionate about all the business of creation-- the marketing, pleasing editors, etc.

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  27. I have a few passions. I'm passionate about God, my husband and family, reading, writing from my heart, eating healthy most of the time, and exercise.

    I think about these things a lot, and I write about them on my blog as well...

    I meant to comment on your last post, but I wanted to say congratulations! That is awesome. :))

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  28. My passion is taking photos :) thank you for this post!

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  29. My career,finding true love, travel, and eat the best food I can find... In no particular order!

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  30. I'm passionate about figure skating. It's probably a very similar feeling to your passion for dance. I just love it and I never ever want to stop doing it. It is a huge part of my identity.

    Also, congrats on becoming a professor! That's so awesome!

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  31. Mine would be teaching dance. I love challenging myself to come up with new combinations and I love watching my girls tackle them and learn.

    Amy

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  32. Bill Evans. Albert Pinkham Ryder. My mother's lasagna. Salinger. EbMaj9. Vertigo. 河粉 in Malaysia (addicted, maybe). Warhol. My bed in Seattle. Macallan 18. The iPhone. Romeo Y Julieta "Petit Corona." Lincoln, Liebowitz. Creativity. Beignets. Flowers, basically. Her laugh. カツ丼. The pursuit of wisdom. Cannonball's solo in "Flamenco Sketches" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3W_alUuFkA -- 3:47) Leaves Of Grass. Just about anything Star Wars related. Science, especially when it works in my favor.

    And just recently...I'm becoming more and more interested in the ballet.

    Oh, were we just supposed to choose one?

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