A great man, Joss Whedon, the same man that brought you “Toy Story” once said “Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted... unbidden... it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us... passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love... the clarity of hatred... and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we'd know some kind of peace... but we would be hollow... Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we'd be truly dead.” That quote sure makes the word passion, out to being something pretty great, especially when the Merriam-Webster dictionary only goes as far as to saying “Passion: a strong liking or desire for or devotion ...view middle of the document...
The easiest way to describe the group of people is this: Every great human in our history books, had a passion. I’ll give you an example of someone, my favourite athlete, and someone you may recognise from the Olympic Games that are occurring in Vancouver at the moment, Aksel Svindal. Aksel is a ski racer, an amazing ski racer. He lives and breathes the sport. This is a man who has won the world cup tour two years and just recently won a gold and silver medal at the Olympics. But being a great athlete doesn’t necessarily show that you have a passion for the sport, but what did is this: Aksel crashed on the jump at Beaver Creek, and it was a horrible crash. Before I continue, I want you to think of your face, picture the last time you looked in the mirror or felt it. Well Aksel’s crash was so bad that his right cheekbone was protruding from his face; he was missing teeth and had a broken leg. This crash kept him off the race circuit for over a year, a long time in any sport. But he recovered; he pushed through his physio to win a world cup series the year after. That, is true passion.
The word passion seems to be used quite a bit these days, and in quite a lighter sense than that of which the word actually represents. For example, not too long ago I heard a friend say after she bought a chocolate bar that she had “A passion for chocolate”. This in fact, is not true, she may like it, but the only time she uses the word passion, and thinks about it is when she is about to bite into an Oh Henry bar. Only a week after this, Discovery channel ran a show on chocolate and those people in that show truly did have a passion for chocolate. Now as weird as a passion for chocolate may sound, it’s what those people enjoy. It’s their drive in life and is a source of happiness. Look around your life. Do you have a passion? Do you have that thing, though, or person that drives you? Sometimes that’s all we need, is something we can escape to, the thing that gives us pleasure, a passion.