A friend posted a quote in a facebook group she runs today, “Do it with passion or not at all.” While I don’t at all mean to say anything negative about her positing it, it did bring up some strong thoughts for me. It sounds so like something I would have said, even that I would say now at times, without thinking. A part of me craves to live my life with passion, with intensity, with noticing how amazing every sounds, sight, sensation, and person I encounter is. I want to devour life and suck the marrow from the bones, to live in technicolor. Those are all things I’ve said and felt.

The problem is that is the type of thinking that gets me craving intensity to the point where I will sacrifice being healthy to get it. It is the type of thinking that leaves me dissatisfied with the simple beauty that is everyday life, that offers a different type of happiness, comfort, and fulfillment.

It is also the type of thinking that gives me an excuse to give up on things. The things that are challenging to learn, and not fun to practice but offer a longer term reward at the end of the journey. I think of passion as short and fleeting and there are few things I personally consistently feel “passionate” about. Were I to “do it with passion or not at all” I wouldn’t do much of anything for very long.

I still love the moments of getting caught up in a passion. I still want to have them, but I can’t accept it being ok to not do something because I’m not feeling passionate in the moment, and I can’t have the desire for momentary passion override the desire to fulfill my commitments. For now in my life I need to focus on living consistently with my morals, contributing to my communities in the most positive ways I can, and finding peace more than passion.


3 thoughts on “Passion

  1. I think passion is an over used expression these days. I, too like to take pleasure in simple things but I don’t have to be passionate about them. Passion is an intensity that is overrated. It’s usually too close to becoming an obession. I can relate to this post – I think you are right on target. Hope you’re doing well.

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  2. Totally agree. I know I was always looking elusively for intensity and passion in my daily life and it isn’t worth it because even if you do experience it, it is as you say fleeting. Just found this blog – 26 days AF – and can really relate to you sassysober1 so thanks!

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. Congrats on your 26 days. I know you’ll hear this a lot and I know that it is hard to believe but it really does get easier. My first month was horrible compared to month 2 and 3.


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