“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
“Passion” – noun – a strong and barely controllable emotion.
I’m so aroused by passion.
Before you get excited, I don’t mean it like that.
I mean talent. And skill. And enthusiasm. And a love for life. And a thirst for knowledge. And someone who claims to know nothing and everything at the same time. Someone who has experienced so much and yet is desperate to experience so much more. Someone who wants to learn everything. Someone who wants to teach everything. Someone who is both interesting and interested. Someone who finishes work with a big list of things to be doing. Someone who never gets time to do anything on their big list of things to be doing because they’re always out doing things that have no need to be on a big list of things in the first place.
“We must act out passion before we can feel it.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
I’m an artist. I have an affinity to other creatives, and if you’re willing to dedicate even some of your time to writing, painting, playing music, practising an instrument, taking photos, singing songs, reading literature, designing life – then I’m yours.
I’m not an athlete. I have no desire to spend my evenings at the gym or playing sports, but if you’re willing to dedicate even some of your time to being in a sports club, applying yourself to an activity you’re passionate about, going to the gym, going for long walks in the evenings, running instead of taking coffee for breakfast, supporting a group of people with dedications to a sport of your choice – then I admire and marvel all of it.
I’m also not very technical. I am very good at what I know, although my common sense in more diverse areas is somewhat limiting, but if you’re willing to dedicate even some of your time to fixing a car, oiling a bike, programming a computer, creating international hacking software, building a shelf, filing tax receipts, cooking a meal, baking bread, slaving over recipes, choosing the finest wines, watching the most interesting of David Attenborough’s documentaries – then I want to learn all about it.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
I am the best person I can be when I’m surrounded by people with passion. It doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about, it doesn’t matter to what degree you’re fluent in that area, but if you can fill our conversations with endless ramblings of everything you’re excited about, everything you’re looking forward to, everything you cannot wait to achieve – then we’re gonna be best friends.
I know some of you will be reading this thinking I’ve listed such a diverse range of areas, that surely anyone will tick one of those boxes. Surely everyone can do something? Surely everyone has something to be excited about? But in 20 years worth of people I’ve met, this is disappointingly rarely the case. People with Bucket Lists that are written during a moment of divine inspiration, and yet are never looked at again. People who dream of exotic holidays and never make any progress to explore them. People who scroll through Facebook commenting “I’m so jealous, I wish I could do that”, but never make the step to actually doing it.
I struggle to get on with people who are too busy living in the now to appreciate what else is going on around them. No hobbies, no skills, nothing to fill their time, nothing to save up for, nothing to look forward to, nothing to practise, nothing to improve on – no drive for life.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
I want to do everything. I want to learn everything. And if you can show me things, accompany me to things, listen patiently while I tell you everything about all the things I’ve done and want to do – then please, stay in my life for as long as you bloody can, until the sun goes down, or we’ve run out of things to do; whatever comes last.