Passion is the most important part of life. Not the most associated use of the word regarding our sex/love lives (though it does directly apply there) but how it should pervade every corner of our existence. Passion should be the feeling that overtakes most everything we do and guides our approach to life, love, laughter and experience.
Today I had lots of time to think while sitting in the hospital. In what seems to be a regular routine I hurt myself doing something that many would consider stupid (not Jackass style stuff). It gave me a couple hours to contemplate my life and how I ended up sitting in Emergency. From a young age I have always approached my favourite things with a fervour that goes well past obsession and over the years I have made them more than a past-time or hobby into something that my life revolves around, without them I would be a hollow shell of a man. I have despised the idea of sitting in offices and always strove to be constantly doing something on a daily basis that I can look back on and see how it has enriched my life in one way or another. In a way I guess I look at it as a search for purity, the moments when you are so immersed nothing else matters. A pure life.
Weather your true love is travel, sports, food or sex it really should be the soul purpose in your life. The career, the money are all means to an end and too often they become the overwhelming focus that leaves you with little time to enjoy the things that really matter. You see the long and short of it is that we all leave the same way that we came in, with nothing. What does matter is the time in-between the two and how it was spent. I once had an elderly gentleman tell me that retirement was wasted on him. Now that he had the means to not work he was not physically able to do the things that he had truly wished he could have.
Of course this doesn't mean we should all just quit our jobs and run away to follow our passions but we should be making more of an effort to utilize our time, goals should be set daily that will leave you smiling, happy and excited to be alive. Even if it is just an hour spent on SF here. That hour pursuit of your whatever your desire may be will probably be the best hour of your day and will help keep stress, tension and confusion at bay.
Fear tends to be the reason that most of us don't follow our hearts to do what we want. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of getting physically hurt. This was what was running through my head. If I hadn't done what I had done then I wouldn't have been in the hospital but then I think of those moments before I got banged up and my spirit soars. My passion has lead me to places where most won't ever see and do things that most won't ever experience and this is what keeps me coming back. Taking chances is what will keep the passion for life alive and I thrive on that, we all should. It is one of the reasons I am on SF, I get to explore a side of me that gets me excited, makes my heart beat faster sometimes and in the end has left me with experiences that I find fulfilling and make me smile. So whatever it is you love to do, whatever the passion in your life is, follow it, follow it until it takes over your life, and if it leaves you hot, sweaty and panting even better