Originally posted on Dec. 22, 2017.
Your passion is what you're naturally attracted to... and it may not be glamorous. Sometimes, we're called to work in areas where people are hurting, or to serve in the very same areas that pained us the most. It makes you wonder, "Was all that I went through to help someone else?" Because you went through it, you can share your life lessons, strategies, and experiences with others. You can show the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can describe the highs and lows all because you survived. In doing so, you are helping to shed light in a dark place. And that, my friends, is what hope is all about!
I do not have a magic 5-step program to success. I wish it were that easy. I don't have a magic pill to take when you're feeling your lowest. Again, if only it were that easy. Life isn't easy, and we have to stop looking for the shortcuts and the blueprint because each of us go through different environments and experiences with varying perspectives. Answers to life's problems are never a one-size-fits-all deal. Some things we have to decide, individually. Our support system can empower us to get to the point of a major decision, but it's ours alone to make.
Passion is not elusive. It doesn't hide in a corner for you to discover it when you're older. It's what speaks to you, today.When I was a little girl in Washington, DC, I used a pencil and lose leaf lined paper to escape the horrors of my childhood home. As far back as I can remember, I wrote short stories, poetry, and song lyrics. It was my passion! Somewhere between elementary school and high school, I decided that my passion couldn't be my career. It was merely a hobby; something to do to pass the time or find an emotional release. I believed that lie, even though I kept writing - both personally and professionally. I had a decision to make. I could either be selfish, or giving, with my passion to write.
Local newspaper articles, radio station spots, scripts, blogs, spoken word, countless reports through grad school - you name it! I loved to write! It never dawned on me to pursue writing my story until 2009. What happened between 2009 and today? I'll share that in another blog. There was a turning point in 2009 when I decided to write a book; my first book. It flowed so freely and effortlessly that I felt like "this is home". I can set up camp right here in Writersville and be happy for the rest of my life. Despite all the lies I heard and told myself, I made a decision to write.
It was only when I began to pursue my passion, that I actually found the direction to go forth. With my passion before me, I felt the confidence to take steps of faith towards a goal. I reached that goal, then another popped up.The breadcrumbs lead me to a path of wholeness. It pretty much sucks to live outside of the divinely orchestrated plan for your life. It's deeply awkward and uncomfortable. It causes a tug-of-war between your thoughts, emotions, and actions. You will only win when you yield. Yield to the quiet voice within that says, "<say your name>: Follow your passion and do not be afraid!"
You never know whose life you will touch, or how you will make a difference for generations to come. It all starts with one decision, to just do it. Thanks, Nike. It takes the consistency of an athlete to reach your goals. Stay focused, keep your eyes on the prize, and make this world a better place by being your best self. Don't do it for the image, don't do it for the 'gram, do it out of self-love and love for others. Give out of your personal reservoir and you'll see that love spread in even the darkest of hearts and places. This is how we go forward, despite our past. This is how we turn our mess into a message. This is how we look out for our brothers and sisters, to give them a hand, and share the support that someone once thoughtfully gave to us. This is how we win. Individual wins make up the collective win. Gains for one is a gain for all. We're in this thing called "life" together and we must understand that we are only as strong as our weakest link. The key to a fulfilling life isn't replicating someone else, or their ideas. It is an honest pursuit of our passions, leaving our humble mark on our corner of this big ole' world. #shineon