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A Passion Ignited

I finally bit the bullet and signed up for an online iPhone photography course. I have wanted to learn about photography since I was in the eighth grade. I had a crush on a boy in my class who had a darkroom.

For those of you who are old enough to remember pictures were developed in the darkroom back in the day. I stood transfixed, watching the image appear. At that moment, a passion for photography ignited in my heart. 

I've always enjoyed taking photos of people, my travel adventures and nature. But learning the art of photography is a different thing.  

Why did it take me so long to pursue this passion? I suppose there were several reasons. First, the cameras were costly in the 1970s, and photography was an expensive hobby. My parents couldn't afford to buy me one when they were trying to feed five kids. 

Secondly, what little money I did save in High School I used for travel. What? Can you have more than one passion? Absolutely! 

Unlike my husband, who said from the moment I met him, that his passion was to teach and be a Principal. I didn't have a specific desire. On the other hand, I had different interests. TP was fortunate to live out his passion of becoming an educator after serving 21 years in the Army. 

While there are excellent tests out there to help identify your talents, that doesn't necessarily translate into knowing your passion. I highly recommend that you take one if you never have. They are very insightful and can help guide you to career fields that best fit your skillset.

Not all of us discover our passion in the same way.

I'm sure you've heard the mantra follow your passion. While that sounds good, it's not always easy for some of us. First, you have to find what interests you. Not all of us discover our passion in the same way. 

Life experiences can birth passion. Sometimes we don't know what our passion is until we step into a situation, and it draws the desire out of us. In other words, action and work can uncover passion. Thus, we stumble upon it. And that's how mine became a reality.

My passion for social justice emerged out of witnessing two toddlers abused by a system that failed to protect them. My desire to help others heal from sexual trauma came out of my healing journey.

Each sprouted from a different season in my life and through different situations. With God's guidance and hard work, I was able to achieve them.

Passion is a funny thing.

Your passion can change over time. Think of how your interest has changed from the time you were 20 and now. Why should we expect our desires to stay the same between 30 and 40 or 40 and 50 and beyond? 

I think passion and interest are more fluid and evolve as we do. If we are open to new ideas, there are many ways to manifest our desires.

Now, getting back to my photography course. I'm in a different season of life where I have the time and desire to photograph my grandchildren and nature. I want to focus on capturing these precious memories that will last for a lifetime. It's fun offering a photo to a loved one and watch their face light up.

You may feel passionate about something, but nothing will change unless you take action. Perhaps it's time to invest in your passion. Then get started by setting goals and putting a method in place to achieve the next step. 

If you're genuinely passionate about something, then carve out some time to do what you love. Consistent small steps will lead to tremendous results.

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