Recently, I’ve encountered two people with obvious enthusiasm about their work and a positive outlook on life in general. I think everyone should have something they are passionate about because it makes life more meaningful.
First, I spoke with a co-worker who said he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. The second encounter happened a couple days later. A sales woman remembered me from several months ago – she called me because she received an item I’d been looking for. Wow! When I told her of my surprise that she remembered me, she exclaimed, “I love what I do; it’s my passion!” She didn’t just say it; she felt it.
This is how I feel about writing. Even though I don’t get paid, I look forward to writing every day. Both people inspire me to keep this in mind when I get overwhelmed with my own doubts. Sometimes I get too bogged down with the fact that I’m not (and may never be) published – I try to remind myself that publication isn’t necessary for personal satisfaction. In fact, by focusing on publication, the pressure to avoid failure threatens to spoil the whole experience. I’m a goal driven person and I have to work at striking a balance.
That being said, publication still remains my long-term goal 🙂 What can I say, I must enjoy self-inflicted torture!