Do you ever feel like you’re merely going through the motions of life? Does your “to do” list look the same day in and day out? It’s far too easy to become complacent, fall into routines, and forget the excitement we felt as children. Those days before the daily grind of jobs, bills, and adult obligations erased our innate curiosity and wonder.

If I reach far back into the recesses of my mind, I can remember those early childhood dreams. Always an avid reader, I gobbled up everything I could get my hands on. From biographies to comic books, I wanted to have adventures like the people in the stories I read. I wanted superpowers, and trips to faraway places.

While I’m still waiting for my superpowers to kick in after that spider bite a couple of years ago, I have traveled a little, to Spain and Mexico, and several states here in the USA. But there are many more places I’d like to visit. My thirst to learn and explore has not dissipated, yet most days, it goes unfulfilled.

I have a passion for history. In fact, the first novel I wrote was a post Civil War Romance. I would love nothing more than to travel to historic sites and explore them.  I do it as often as I possibly can. Any time I go on a trip, I research the area and plan an extra day for sightseeing.  Traipsing about old musty mansions is a thrill for me.

What is my point? Each day, find one thing you enjoy, and do it. Whether it’s reading a book or eating a candy bar, do something for the pure pleasure of it. When you place your head on the pillow at night, close your eyes and think, “I can’t wait until tomorrow when I’m going to __________”. You fill in the blank.  Make sure you live each day with passion, doing something you love.

10 Responses to “Live your Life with Passion”

  1. DebraJess says:

    “While I’m still waiting for my superpowers to kick in after that spider bite a couple of years ago…”

    Do not speak to me of spiders or bites. I’ve had enough encounters with critters this month, thank you very much. My passion is reading and writing. I try to do both every day. Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

  2. jan says:

    Very cool, Deb. Keep those critters under control. =)

  3. B Irwin says:

    Sold everything to buy my Writing Castle & focus on that dream. Struggling with plumbing this week, but I’m getting closer. So much better than just drifting & wishing.

  4. jan says:

    So jealous of your Writing Castle, Beth. I know you worked hard for it. Hope you get that plumbing squared away ASAP. I plan to work on creating my Writing Oasis once I get my daughter moved into her new apartment in Tampa. She starts medical school August 1.

  5. Connie Mann says:

    Great reminder not to drift through life!! I have a long list of places I want to see, too. But just dreaming won’t make that happen. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your upcoming Writing Oasis.

  6. jan says:

    Thanks, Connie. I can see it in my mind. =)

  7. Martha says:

    Great advice, Jan. I’ve been reading some Calvin and Hobbs books that have commentaries by Bill Watterston. He drew from his own childhood, including his relationships with mom, dad, babysitter, etc; breaking his dad’s expensives binoculars; being a super hero; …
    Makes me nostalgic for those old days when big dreams are possible.
    DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF TO LITTLE DREAMS!

  8. jan says:

    Thanks, Martha. I like it. DREAM BIG!

  9. Lorna Dishman says:

    Excellent advice Jan. I just got back from vacationing at Disney, and I’m feeling the blues now that I’m back at my job. Thanks for the suggestion.

  10. jan says:

    You’re welcome, Lorna. So glad you found it helpful. =)

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