Five Passions

This. This is the kind of meaninglessness that I'm talking about.

This. This is the meaninglessness that I’m talking about.

I was having trouble thinking of things to write about today. While walking into the office to find my shoes I happened to glance at a printout that I had taped over my desk of thirty writing prompts for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. I had good intentions when I began, but I only made it through seven of the prompts so I thought it might be worthwhile to give it another shot.

Today’s prompt:

List five things you are passionate about.

This is one of those prompts that seems like it should be easy but gets harder the more you think about it. So without too much over-thinking I would say that my top five passions are:

1. Filmmaking, particularly directing. There’s nothing like seeing a story come to life before your eyes- especially when it is a story that has been in your head for a long time. It’s the process as much as the product for me: it’s fun to have a movie to share when you are finished, but making the movie is half of the excitement. Filmmaking is a complex process with a lot of moving parts and it takes a long time to learn how to do it, but when you feel things begin to click into place it’s like magic.

Ok, well, that one was easy…. now what?

2. Comedy. This one is still a little bit new to me, so I can’t really define it in more specific terms like “sketch comedy” or “standup comedy” or what have you, but I like to laugh. I like making people laugh. Comedy is very freeing because there are so few boundaries. Comedy makes it OK to talk about things that are frightening or uncomfortable or tragic.

3. Reading. Yay, a total cop-out answer, right? I like reading but I’m not sure that liking something is equivalent to being passionate about it. Whatever. It’s my list.

4. Running. Now we’re starting to get into competitive passionate-ness territory, because I know for an absolute fact that there are runners out there who are WAY more passionate about running than I am. I run to get a little fresh air and exercise, but I don’t subscribe to magazines or anything. I don’t go very fast and I don’t go very far, but I like doing it.

5. What does passionate really mean anyway? Things that I enjoy? Things that I am dedicated to? Things that give my life meaning? Strong emotional love? I feel like “passion” is one of those words that gets used a lot because it sounds weighty. The result is that it loses a little bit of its impact every time it gets trotted out to add legitimacy to a persons interest. Passionate about cupcakes. Passionate about data entry. Passionate about plumbing.

It’s one of those buzzwords that no one wants to be without: everyone wants to be passionate just like everyone wants to be a leader. The alternative is being passionless. An amateur. A dilettante. Mediocre. The alternative is being a follower, heaven forbid. The alternative is so unflattering that it’s easier just to claim to be passionate about something and not mean it.

*gets down off soap box*

I don’t have a problem with having passions or with genuinely passionate people- I just get tired of trying to force my interests to fit into meaningless buzzwords like “passion”. I have interests. I have loves. I have causes that I am dedicated to.  Why do I have to have passions?

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on May 31, 2014.

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