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Embrace Your Passion, and Buckle Up!

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in passion
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Lady Bird Johnson said, “. . .become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” I read that a few days ago and it whacked me upside the head, so I wrote it on a sticky note and stuck it on my laptop.

I considered the times when my passion for something obliterated fear:  When I fell in love with my husband. . .walked down the aisle. . .gave birth for the first, second and third time.  What these events share is their impact on my existence. These were life changing events and yet I’ve felt more trepidation gearing up for a job interview. Why?

Passion. While passion lifts us, it also numbs us to the fear of failure. This, buttercup, is the reason I spend hours at the keyboard writing, plotting stories, inventing characters. My passion is strong enough to subdue the fear of failure. Without the passion to drive me I would be too timid to ever write a word.

Whatever your passion, grab it by the tail and hang on tight.  It may carry you to places you never dreamed, or drop you where you didn’t intend to go.  Embrace it, and buckle up! Passion—true passion—will give you one hell of a ride.

What is your passion?

Til next time – 

12 Responses to "Embrace Your Passion, and Buckle Up!"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm  

    Thank you, Lisa. This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I keep putting off certain things only because I am afraid of failing. This was a timely message for me…I think I'll put a sticky note on my computer too! <3

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm  

    Hi Kathy – You're the Energizer Bunny. I can't imagine there being anything you put off. Every time I read your blog it seems you've tackled something new! Whatever new challenge you've set for yourself, I'm sure you'll succeed.

  3. Comment by K9friend
    March 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm  

    Unfortunately my passion is fickle…one day this and the next day that. It's hard to embrace something to which you can't quite hold on!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 9, 2011 at 6:32 am  

    Hi Pat – True! My desire to write sat on the back burner so long it resembled burnt oatmeal. Maybe the more time one spends with something the stronger one's passion for it becomes? I suppose the opposite could be true as well. I've overdone things to the point I never wanted to do them again. LOL I don't know. You just gave me something else to think about.

  5. Comment by jabblog
    March 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm  

    I'm passionate like K9friend – lots of things entrance me and then I flibbertigibbet onto the next. I would like to consider myself a dilettante but the truth is I'm flighty – in my interests that is – never been otherwise flighty.

  6. Comment by Lynn
    March 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm  

    Nothing like passion to motivate oneself.

  7. Comment by Eric 'Bubba' Alder
    March 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm  

    Writing, music, food, fishing, photography – I have many passions and I try to give them all their due attention – although some seem to demand more attention than others.(Although I'm sure it's actually ME who's doing the demanding there, you know)

  8. Comment by Karen Lange
    March 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm  

    My passion? My faith, my family, writing…to name a few. Oh and chocolate of course! 🙂

  9. Comment by Madeleine
    March 10, 2011 at 7:33 am  

    So glad your passion sustains your writing. I find I have days of doubt and my muse disappears like a willow the wisp. :O)

  10. Comment by Pat
    March 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm  

    My passion is helping lead singing with the worship team at my church, and yet for years I had terrible stage fright–fear of speaking/singing in public. Now that I've sung with groups so many times over the decades, I absolutely love it (the singing, not the speaking) and the fear is gone, though it's still there for public speaking.

  11. Comment by BECKY
    March 15, 2011 at 8:52 am  

    Great post, Lisa! I discovered my writing passion relatively late in life, but WOW, am I ever glad I did! One of the things I always say is, "What in the world did I think about before I began writing??" It consumes me now…even when I'm NOT writing….I'm always thinking of it in some respect!

  12. Comment by BECKY
    March 15, 2011 at 8:54 am  

    You're not going to believe this!!! My word verification for my previous comment was:STORY. TRUE!!

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