Tuesday, January 17, 2012

On my mind...

Earlier today, I was asked, "What is your passion?  What drives you?"  Without hesitation I replied, "Writing and my family."  Sometimes, my writing takes a backseat to the family or to life itself.  So am I wrong when I say that writing is my passion? Does that mean I'm not really as passionate about it as I believed myself to be?  See? I do this all the time.  I am asked one thing and I go for the overkill, the analyzing, the questioning and the weighing every conceivable option available.  I can't help it, it's who I am.  Those that love me, tolerate it and accept it and those that don't, well, they just don't, period.  Anyway, as I was saying, I've always considered myself to be a very passionate person.  If I believe in something, be it a cause or a person, or an injustice, I will go all Norma Rae or Erin Brocovich on you!  Believe THAT.  But I think I've been doing a disservice to myself and to my craft.  I let other things get in my way so much that eventually, writing is the furthest thing from my mind.  It's funny because I carry a small notepad with me all the time.  You just never know when inspiration will hit!  But lately there are more blank pages than used ones these days.  And that's a shame.  I know Rome wasn't built in a day -that's what I've been told anyway.  But I also know that the builders of Rome weren't deterred by pesty little nuances such as family, unexpected problems and chaos -also known as life.  My friend's probing reminded me of this.  Which in turn reminded me that that bestseller isn't going to write itself.  I believe I am a good writer.  Maybe not the best, not yet anyway.  But I have a talent.  I also have a lot to learn.  And that's what I'm going to try to focus on more at this time in my life.  As I wrote in an earlier post, life is for living it, not letting it live you.  Perhaps this is my way of calling myself out.  And anyone else who may be dealing with similar circumstances.  -You're welcome.

Ahh, a little deep thinking on a Monday.  Painless right?

What about you? What's your passion? What motivates you to keep going? Or do you not have a passion and feel something is missing?  Care to share?


Anonymous said...

I am starting to worry that I might not be that passionate about anything. I love sports and I love to write and there are other things i love, too. But I give up things too easily; if I'm not willing to fight for them, can I really call it my 'passion'?

p.s. I think I found that old blog post you asked me about. it's not on Blogger though; it's a word doc. if you still want to read it, lemme know how I can get it to ya.

Cinderita said...

Funny isn't it? How often we let our own passions slide? for the good of others. Personally I get excited when I see you've written something. I'd like to see more of it. You write so well. I feel like I'm always going through the roller coaster with you...and your sharing is so relatable. That's what I love.

Me? What's my passion? People. Connecting with people...using words, or going out into the world to do it. I love writing. I want to write a book. And I finally started both of them! more on that later.

Katie @ Chicken Noodle Gravy said...

I struggle with these same questions on a daily basis. I'm an over-analyzer and over-thinker myself, so I totally understand where you're coming from. I think your gut answer was absolutely right. Life gets in the way of everyone's passion every now and then; the important thing is to keep doing what you love no matter what. You do have talent, and you'll write that book!!

Belle said...

Hard to work full-time, have friends and family and write too. I hope you find the time to keep writing, especially your poetry. You do have talent.

The Frisky Virgin said...

I have so many passions, but, like you, nothing comes before my family. :)

But, yeah, I'm an over-analyzer, too. Really, it should be a profession. lol

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Writing has long been something I don't just want to do; it's something I need to do. I'd say that means I'm passionate about it. For me, there's also dancing and chocolate.

Yvonne said...

Insomniac- That's something only you can answer. Why the loss of interest? Is it because that's just how you are? I start multiple projects and finish none of them. That's why I am asking. But remember, if we really, really want it bad enough, we'll find a way to finish. Maybe there are other "distractions" in your life that need your attention and that's why your "passion" is non-existent? I've read some of your stuff, you're definitely passionate. Don't let go of it so easily. Take time to regroup if you have to, but don't give it up if it is truly your dream. -Stepping off my "Anthony Robbins" box now.

As for the story, just shoot me an email. Thank you!!!

Rita- aww, you always know just what to say to make me smile! :) Thank you! I'm flattered that you look forward to my posts and can relate to some of them.

Katie- Thank you! I really think that we impede our own successes in our lives because we grow complacent and/or because we let "life" take over. I think the trick is in learning how to control life and force our "passion" to come out. -that made sense in my head, not so much in print. :)

Belle- That's so true! Why do you think I'm always writing in the wee hours of the night and/or early morning! :)

FV- Totally agree!!! Can you imagine? We'd be EXPERTS!!!

Robyn- EXACTLY!!! And? Chocolate! Always chocolate!