“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you”. Oprah Winfrey
Having moved to a new town where I don’t know anyone I made the brave decision to gatecrash the local creative writers’ group last night.
As soon as I arrived I instantly knew I would really like these people, and not just because they meet in a pub regularly.
When you have a passion for something it lights you up from the inside out. These people weren’t just looking for a hobby to pass the time; they had a genuine love for their craft. I watched them animatedly discussing their latest ideas, with big smiles and shining eyes and couldn’t help feeling totally relaxed, despite them all being strangers (or friends I hadn’t yet met before?).
I am relatively new to writing. Some of you know I started after I lost my mobility and needed a hobby to pass the time. It’s now something I incorporate into my life almost daily and has replaced the sports I used to play yet still leaves me feeling fulfilled.
I think it’s so important to have something that’s just ‘ours’ in this world. It’s a busy old life, especially for those of us with families, and sometimes it can feel we are being pulled in all directions. Pursuing your passion keeps you grounded, combats anxiety and depression and instils a sense of purpose. Experiencing such intense emotion about a specific part of your life can’t help but encourage positivity in other areas too.
If you can’t think of anything you love to do think back to when you were a child. Did you love playdoh, making models? Could you transfer that to a creative hobby now? My son used to love spending time outdoors in his tent and is now a keen nature photograph.
We all have our ‘thing’. Something that excites us, and makes our heart sing. Have you found yours?