We Can See It: The Excitement In Your Eyes
I find myself in discussions about bicycling quite often. I tend to swing most of my discussions into this realm. It doesn’t matter to me where the conversation starts, really. If you start talking to me about toast, I am going to end the conversation discussing the bicycle powered toaster (That is a real thing) . After many such discussions, I started to realize this was not a coincidence. There was no way that everyone around me shared the same passion for cycling. It was just that my passion for cycling couldn’t be hidden.
There are countless reasons that I love cycling. The major ones include the freedom, sense of control, frugality, and physical fitness. To me, cycling became a lifestyle. It was only logical for me to incorporate bicycling into my daily life. However, I do understand this is not for everyone. It is not my intent to spend the remainder of this article discussing the reasons I love cycling. That would become redundant, obviously. Rather, I would like to discuss why your passions should bleed into all aspects of your life. I want to convey the beauty of passion that God has created for us.
If you don’t have one, I would suggest you start the search for a passion. Although not always easy to find, there is a passion to be found for everyone. According to Dictionary.com a passion is “strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor”. Take note of the word “feeling”. A passion is not the same as a hobby or activity you enjoy. One way to really gauge whether or not you have a passion for something is by the feeling you derive from it. When I think about cycling I become excited and I want to share this with the world. A passion should elicit this type of response. A passion is something you simply can’t hide. Any attempt to cover up your passion would do more harm than good. It would be as if you were holding in a deep, dark secret.
A passion gives you something to live for. When you find a passion you’re going to be compelled to devote a lot of time to this. Whether your passion is to teach, ride bikes, be a parent, or walk dogs, you will naturally be drawn to this desire. A passion won’t be something you “have” to “fit” in or you will “force” yourself to do. In fact, you will feel the opposite. You will look for ways to force more of your passion into your life.
There is something admirable about having a passion. People respect that! Having a passion indicates that you have motivation and drive. These are two key ingredients to a fulfilling life. When you have a passion, you are willing to work for something. As many of the greats have said, “nothing worth having ever comes easy”. A passionate person tends to be a confident person, or at least, appears that way. All of the world’s most respected people have been passionate about something. When was the last time you envied someone who lacked passion?
It’s safe to say that passion is a gift from God. A person with passion tends to be confident, hard-working, and motivated. A passion provides a reason to live and can be a source of encouragement. However, like anything else, a passion involves dedication and persistence. Your passion(s) should bleed into all aspects of your life. Most importantly, don’t be ashamed by them. So go out there and be passionate!
Matt for Bike and Brain