Last week, after 83 years on this earth, we laid my grandfather to rest. It was and is an emotional time for my family. Don was a marvelous man and in many ways, his entire life was a miracle.
As I have taken stock of Grandpa's life, one thing always sticks out to me; his music. Grandpa loved playing and performing. I grew up sitting at his feet, listening to him sing and play old country standards. I heard stories of the people he played with. The dance halls and ballrooms he played at. The time he performed at Cain's Ballroom.
God and family were Grandpa's loves, but music was his passion.
As I looked back, I began to wonder about my passion. What do I have an intense desire or enthusiasm for? What is it that I love to do, no matter the circumstances?
I love to produce videos and films. Nothing makes me come more alive. My passion is producing films.
I have always had a passion to make a short film people will want to see. No matter where I am in life, this desire burns within me. Sometimes I am able to stave it off for a while, but the thoughts still linger.
But I have to be honest...I haven't made a significant step in falling to the passion in years. I have found ways to avoid doing it.
Why have I done this?
I am afraid that the project will take too long and become something that was a failure. I am afraid I am not good enough to see the finished product live up to the passions inside of me. I worry that it will take too much time and money. Fear is keeping me from my passion.
How many of us live this way? Working a job we hate but can't quit. Avoiding your hobby because someone may question or ridicule it. Telling ourselves we aren't good enough, so don't even bother.
As I have relived moments of seeing Grandpa and his passion, I have become inspired to live out my passion once again. Why can't I do it? Who cares if no one likes it. A passion is an emotional struggle and outburst for me, not for you.
So, for me, I am going to work this summer to chase my passion. I am going to begin scripting my short film. It may take forever to get this thing finished, but I will love every minute of it.
Today, I challenge you to find your passion and enjoy it. You don't have to quit your job or dramatically change your life. But find a way to express and enjoy your passion again. In the end, people will see the joy your passion brought you.
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