What’s your passion?
What’s that thing that gets you going?
What do you live for?
Oh man lovers, did I used to loathe these kinds of genuinely curious queries. I’d be awkwardly scoping for exits the moment I could sense ‘em coming. Even if the poor thing just happened to appear in the pages of a book, or perhaps hidden in an email and I was in a room alone. I’d be hanging to vamoose at even the suggestion of a whiff that I was about to be interrogated about my life purpose ‘cause well, I didn’t have an answer. Not one.
I had not a flipping clue about what I was doing, or where I was going. I was very much running the stock answer of ‘do I look like I know things?’ Apparently I did, so they kept on with the asking.
I am a passionate person? As in generally? What does that even mean? What does everyone else say – can I order that too?
Surely there is a shop I can go and just buy one, ready-made?
I like… liked stuff. Doing stuff. Like, um, typical stuff. And things. You know? It totally depended on like… what the situation was. Like I truly adore writing, polka dots and the power of dance but like if we’re talking global events, I’m not sure I’d have rated ‘em as my uh, driving passion… per say.
And I’d hazard a guess right here that I wasn’t/am not the only rad human rolling around drawing blanks in the answers-about-passion department.
So I got to pondering as I floated aimlessly around Flamingo Manor and decided the question needed a bit of a reframe. I wondered what it was people are really aching to know. I came up with: Why do we do anything at all?
Now maybe I’m running a bit of a lag in realising this – it happens – but don’t driving passions always seem to stick harder and impress better when they’re holistic attitudes toward life at large, as opposed to things or activities? It’s the cause and effect of igniting feverish enthusiasm for something that gives it purpose, and not the thing itself.
For example for moi, the passion lies in the effects of being a Jubilation Catalyst. I get my kicks from making as many people smile their heads off as possible, encouraging them to do extraordinarily good things for themselves and everyone else – all the while engaging a bunch of nonsense. I know that all our trillions of cells need to be jiving for good and proper happiness and health; people actually become sick from denying passion. I trust that everyone can move into a more positive space and reconsider the way they think about anything.
The short answer: yours truly is passionate about people engaging utter happiness and triumph. And I aim to let this attitude infuse the way I live my whole life, because the reasons why we do things carry certain energy with them and ripple all the way through the universe. Even if you never spoke directly to another person again, people would see how you move through world, they’d feel it fo sho.
From buying mandarins to making huge announcements, the motives we carry around with us inform everything we do. So maybe your passion is education, or prompting action in others. It could be creating fine works, green living, promoting spiritual wellbeing, encouraging remarkable achievement, highlighting details, inspiring beauty or building empires. Whatever it is lovers, know that whatever propels you forward in every single thing you do, it’s how you’re serving the world.
You can have the crappiest job, or be stranded in the most remote part of the globe and still serve the world with your unique enthusiasms. But if you can’t, then maybe it’s time to move on because you’re meant to bust out with jiving passion – not be stuck in a dreary damp corner twiddling your thumbs and scoping for exits.
So go right on ahead and acknowledge the motives that ignite your feverish enthusiasm. Don’t be unassuming and modest – acknowledge your passions and let the verve filter through every facet of your life.
Because really lovers… why wouldn’t you?
Yours in Nonsense,
P.S. Being that this is the 100th love note from the Manor, why don’t you celebrate with us and spread the Jubilation by sharing it!