On a recent job application, only one question slowed me down. "What are you most passionate about?" It didn't give me pause because I couldn't think of anything, only because the space allowed was so small. I think the question might have been easily answered in that small spot by "What are you NOT passionate about."
I know almost everyone is passionate about something. Whether it's their grandchildren, the state of the environment, politics, religion, a particular craft (I learned long ago never get between a quilter and a fabric sale!), a sport, or a possession (I dated a guy briefly who could carry on a one-sided conversation for hours...and did...on the merits of his car versus any other on the market).
But me? I'm passionate about almost everything. I'm all in to whatever I do...or I'm all out. No in-between. One of the many character traits that has driven more than one person in my life bat-crap crazy while trying to keep up. I believe if you can't go big, you should go home. Or at least go sit with the little dogs on the porch.
Some of my passions a bit more, well, passionate than others. Animal welfare is close to the top of that list. I have zero patience with anyone who breeds animals strictly for money (and after 25 years in the world of dog breeding and exhibition, I have to add "or ego" to that sentence. If you breed over one or two litters a year you are part of the problem) whether or not you have a waiting list and can justify every dollar you charge for your puppies). I think every single person who decides to have a litter of puppies or kittens for any reason should have to volunteer at an animal shelter, holding healthy happy animals as they spend their last terrified moment on earth before being given their final sleep. They should have to nurse back to health animals that trusted one human too many and almost paid with their life. Even years ago when I was involved in breeding and showing, I thought it was totally justified of cities and states to put a breeding tax on dogs and cats to slow down indiscriminate breeding practices. I still do.
Our environment is another major passion. I won't argue it standing in a picket line, or in a group of angry protesters holding signs and shouting, nor will I discuss it or argue it on social media or in conversation, but here I will state firmly that until we start worrying about our world as a whole, fervent pleas to "Make America Great Again" are nothing more than a clever slogan and marketing campaign. "Make our World Happy and Healthy Again" would be a much better goal. For instance, in my personal opinion, if someone really cared about the plight of coal miners, they would be honest with them and everyone else that coal usage has been in a decline for over a decade as the desire for a cleaner and more efficient product becomes more important for the majority of Americans. Add to that the fact that jobs that miners have traditionally held are being replaced more and more frequently by machines and you see that the decline of numbers of jobs in the coal minining industry hasn't been damaged by "tree huggers" nearly so much as just by the passage of time. Even if someone created a new use for coal and made it profitable again, there still would not be enough jobs to keep miners employed. Instead, desperate miners are used as a chip in a high stakes poker game between politicians who have no problem at all using lives as gambling pawns. So in an attempt to make themselves look compassionate and dedicated to lessening unemployment numbers, environmental laws are revoked that were kept in place to keep the dark side of coal mining from coloring our planet. And the few miners that are rehired join the many tools in the belt of a narcisstic government that uses the little guy as a stepping stone to their own rewards. That's just one small point that I have problems with in discussing our environment. There are many. Passion does that to you...makes you care enough to do actual research and search out unpleasant truths.
I'm also passionate about a dozen other things that affect my daily life. My pets, my garden, my home, my music and my writing. I am passionate about losing weight, even though I have health issues that are making it almost impossible. I'm passionate about swimming and exercising in the water. Just being near water restores my soul and my soothes my mind, so time spent in the pool doing water yoga, dance or aerobics is nirvana for me. I get passionate about creative projects too. My front porch at the moment looks like I'm having a yard sale, piled up with pieces of furniture and bits of junk that will be turned into something beautiful. Soon I hope.
I'm also passionate about finding the person that will share the rest of my life with me. That brings up the passion that I don't put into print. I'll leave it at "he will be a very lucky man".
I think I would have made a very good actress. I'm very good at stepping outside of myself and becoming whatever is needed of me at any given moment. I certainly would have no trouble at all handling the stage demand, "Once more, from the top, with passion!"
THAT'S MY STORY
I've never been normal. I've never tried to be. I can't imagine anything more boring.
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