For the Passion

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Sunday night I did something I haven’t done in a long time – probably a few years now. I watched 60 Minutes. I had long thought of 60 Minutes as my grandma’s show. Maybe it’s because, it always seemed to be on when I was at her house. My best friend from college is in love with the show and got me into it in my post-college years. Everything in her apartment would shut down and come to a screeching halt whenever she heard the tick, tick, tick of the show coming on.

Well, Sunday night, that was me. Everything shut down and I snuggled up on the couch to catch an episode. This week they talked to Dolly Parton, Anna Wintour and Meryl Streep. I missed Dolly’s segment but I did catch Meryl and Anna.

I have long been a fan of both Streep and Wintour. How could you not be? I love Meryl because she’s this phenomenal actress who can take on any role and master it. My fascination with Anna is, no doubt her reputation but also her dedication to what she does. What strikes me about both women is how dedicated they are to what they do. Both have been at it for decades with no sign of slowing down.

The next day as I thought about that episode, it struck me – these women are arguably the best at what they do and the reason for it is that they love it. They’ve found their passion. I started to think of other people who fit that bill. People who seem to excel in their particular field. There’s the Rihanna’s and Beyonce’s of the world. There’s Oprah, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Ted Turner, Vera Wang and Tyler Perry. Even this year’s Super Bowl half time diva, Madonna. This list could go on and on.

The one thing that stood out for me is that in all of them you could tell they followed what they were passionate about and it was paying off for them. Wouldn’t it be great if we all did that? If we all believed enough in ourselves and in our dreams to see them through. To follow them as far as they’d take us. It would be awesome. Every day I try to pull myself closer to that. Closer to the part of me that pursues passion over all else. I’ve seen what it’s like to live on the safe side. I’d like to see what journey passion has in store. I bet it will be the ride of my life.

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20 Responses to For the Passion
  1. kita
    February 7, 2012 | 6:38 am

    With most all of the people you mentioned they seem to have come into their own late in life and they worked hard to get to where they are. I think if you are passionate about something take the leap. The worse thing someone can say to you is no.

  2. Charry
    February 7, 2012 | 6:42 am

    I agree that we have to follow the passion that following others’, right?

  3. Natalie
    February 7, 2012 | 6:43 am

    It sure would be awesome…all those people are very passionate about their craft. Now to only find what it is that I am that passionate about besides my family…hmmm..that’s a toughie!

    • Cam
      February 7, 2012 | 8:48 pm

      nothing wrong with being passionate about your family. nothing at all!

  4. This Cookn' Mom
    February 7, 2012 | 8:24 am

    I wonder what life would be like if I actually followed my passion. Argh…tired of living on the safe side!

    • Cam
      February 7, 2012 | 8:48 pm

      tell me about it. it’s a daily struggle for me.

  5. Rose's Daughter
    February 7, 2012 | 9:35 am

    I’m working on taking that leap. I’m working on following my dreams and doing what I REALLY want to do. The first step was admitting that it isn’t nursing that fires me up. That was a big one.

    • Cam
      February 7, 2012 | 8:49 pm

      isn’t it hard to admit “this ain’t it”? sounds like a great first step though.

  6. Optimistic Mom
    February 7, 2012 | 10:44 am

    This post reminds me of a post I started working on months ago…finding my passion. I don’t think my issue is working towards my passion, but finding what it truly is. There are many things that I enjoy, but I have yet to pin down the one thing I would do everyday for the rest of my life if I could.
    I hope I will someday finish the post that I started, you just reminded me that my passion is still out there and I need to define it.

    • Cam
      February 7, 2012 | 8:50 pm

      you’re welcome, my buddy. 🙂

  7. Mrs. Pancakes
    February 7, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    I so want to find my passion…I have so much stuff I know I have to offer and it’s about finding it and following it!!! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Cam
      February 7, 2012 | 8:51 pm

      it’s obvious you have so much to offer! you’ll figure it out and when you do… wow.

  8. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    February 7, 2012 | 9:42 pm

    Being a mom was my passion, and my next passion is scrapbooking. It kills me that I never have time to do the one thing I really love.

  9. Charline
    February 8, 2012 | 5:13 am

    Thanks for sharing this post to us..I really appreciate this hope you can share more post..

  10. The Pepperrific Life
    February 10, 2012 | 12:20 am

    The people I love are my passion, as I do everything for them, more than for myself. I know I should start thinking more about my real passion. I guess that’s the problem: I don’t know…

  11. Rebekah
    February 21, 2012 | 6:23 pm

    This reminds me to find my passion. There are many things that i enjoy but yet to pin down the one thing i would do everyday.

  12. Marcus
    March 16, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Love God is my passion and my motivation for doing things

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  14. Sandy
    April 9, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    We all need to find out what we have a passion for. It gives us direction. I enjoyed you blog post.

  15. Sherry
    April 17, 2012 | 6:15 am

    The people that i have aroubd me I have a passion for , especially my spouse and my children and my Roman Catholic Religion.

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