A passion is many things. It is a form of affection, an overwhelming desire or feeling, and a sort of conviction. Passions evoke emotions and actions. If they are positive influences in our lives, they make us want to be better people and give us something to look forward to each and every day. If they are negative influences in our lives, they can destroy us from the inside out. Put simply, our passions are very powerful things and they shape the way we live. If you have never thought of them in this way, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee.

In my 26 years on this planet, I can say with ease that I have had many passions. Some of these have stuck with me for years, while others have fallen by the wayside because I either outgrew them or found that I no longer had room for them in the current life I am living. I have always valued sports and exercise, making it a point to be active as often as I can. I have always had a great passion for food and continue to try new restaurants all over the country. I also enjoy listening to music and have always found joy in finding new artists and comparing the work of artists I already know. As far as things I do not do as much anymore, playing video games is something I dropped. They became less fun to me and I would rather devote time to something else. I used to draw a lot more than I do now, but I have stopped completely with the exception of some of my t-shirt designs. I also do not read as many books as I used to, but I am trying to stay sharp by picking up my bookworm habits again.

Olympic National Park; Forks, Washington (Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson)
Olympic National Park; Forks, Washington (Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson)

The best thing about passions is that you can develop new ones and pick old ones up whenever you would like. Whether you desire to do this or not is completely up to you. As I have gotten older, I am proud to say that I have several new passions which have shaped me in an incredible way. While my career as a baseball player is over, I found a new way to be connected to the game I love; coaching. Coaching has been an amazing way for me to learn more about baseball, teach others about what I have learned, and leave an impact on future generations. I have adopted writing as a means to express myself. I now have personal blogs, have contributed to several sports websites, and journal every single day. I have become an advocate for writing and encourage people to do so themselves. It can be very therapeutic. I have discovered that travel is something I enjoy and I have made an effort to go on multiple trips every year to explore and see more of the country. I hope I can continue to do so even after I get married and have kids. My most important, new passion is my love for people and hearing their stories. I have always been very shy, but as I have gotten older, I find myself diving in and wanting to learn more about people and the journey they are leading. Everyone has a unique life and you never know just how unique it is until you sit down and talk with them about it.

The purpose of this article was not to tell you all about myself and what I am passionate about. It is to inspire you to think about your passions and, perhaps, encourage you to adopt some new ones. If you asked most people, I think they would be able to tell you what they like right away, but could they take it to the next level? Do you see them getting so fired up about what they are describing that they can barely contain themselves? Could they not even imagine what life would be like without those specific passions? Passions are life-changing and extremely powerful. They make you look forward to waking up every morning when you are immersed in them. They propel you through the routine that is everyday life. Find a way to do what you are passionate about as often as you can and life will change for you. These things will not happen on their own. You have to put the effort in. Start today and do not look back. I promise you will love the result.




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