Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Day 11: Passion

This post brought to you by 5:00 on 5/5, a renewed obsession with curry powder, and yet another day of TS jams.

Hello y’all - it’s 5:00, which can mean only one thing - it’s blog time, and officially Day 11 of #100DaysofHannah and #100DaystoOffload!

First things first: guys, curry powder is heavenly.
And it goes well with approximately everything.
Today’s experiment: curry powder with peanut butter.
Oh. My. Goodness - it’s delicious.
Don’t believe me?  Try it.  No regrets.

Second: Considering my current degree of bouncing, I have probably had too much caffeine once again today. Which is to say, I apologize in advance for how scatterbrained this post may end up.

Okay, that’s enough disclaimers. Onto the fun stuff: passion.

Follow your passions is something that I feel like I’ve been told repeatedly in life - by motivational speakers, pastors, mentors, and friends alike.  And, not gonna lie, that advice sounds awesome.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend life fully engaged in a career that they love?

But, when I dive into this concept further, I can’t help but question - does it really work?

For those of you who don’t know me, I can be a very passionate individual.
Though, I suppose that’s probably pretty obvious considering my borderline excessive use of exclamation points and my frequent report of literally jumping up and down while writing...
That said, there are some things that I have loved for as long as I can remember: specifically music, writing, and being in nature.
And so, if someone were to ask me what my greatest passion in life is, I would say music - hands down.
But my love for music does not make me a musician.
Yes, I have put in countless hours learning and playing various instruments.
But yet my passion does not yield perfection; there will always be those (much) better than me.
So where does the journey end?
Is there value in the simple pursuit of a passion without promise of success?
And even if the passion is pursued, who is to guarantee it’s permanence?
After all, despite my at times highly passionate expressions, I find that these moments alternate with periods of significant emotional detachment.  As such, I am a firm believer in the instability of most aspects of life - including passions - creating a reality that, admittedly, often leaves me paralyzed in the face of decisions.
I mean, if I can’t trust following my passions, what am I supposed to do?
And what’s the point of passions if they can’t be trusted?

Admittedly, I don’t have all, or even most of the answers.
But, for me, it all comes down to trust - trusting in the One who is constant, who created passions, who gave talents - that He will guide perfectly.
And so, I am left to follow - not my passions, but my Provider.

I’m not sure how I feel about that ending, but I don’t know what else to say.
‘Til tomorrow: may your path be peaceful, your passion empowered, and your purpose clear.

-Hannah

PS: I think I may start, at least occasionally, adding a relevant song to my post... We’ll see how this goes!

Song of the Day: Maker of Noses
Question of the Day: What is your greatest passion?
Challenge of the Day: Start a new challenge! I’m doing Brooke Wells’ newest workout challenge for the next week!
Photo of the Day: Throwback to a year ago today when one crazy journey ended, and this new one began.

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