Daft Punk stay up all night to Get Lucky and the lyrical genius that is Bruno Mars complains about being Locked Out of Heaven…for too long!! Sex Is On Fire for the Kings of Leon and Elvis Presley was a Hunk o’ Burning Love (allegedly) I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that these songs are a warning against the perils of unsafe sex but these brilliantly written and thought-provoking songs are about something that when administered even in small doses, can give a much-needed boost to the immune system…Passion!!
So what ignites your passion? This could be anything really but essentially it is a desire for something or someone who makes you feel alive and gives you a burst of energy when you’re physical or emotional battery is running at its lowest. Physical passions are spontaneous and exciting but they have a tendency to be short-lived, which is unfortunate but intellectual passions such as exploration and discovery can really enhance your life and the way you view things. Interestingly, passion is of Latin origin and its meaning is ‘to suffer’. Are we meant to suffer? How can we appreciate the things we are fortunate enough to have or experience if we don’t?
You’re in a rut and can’t find what you’re looking for because you don’t know what it is, but it is clear that there is something missing and this deep unwavering feeling is going nowhere any time soon. Looking inside yourself is something that we all do but I think after doing a lot of that myself, that the answers are elsewhere. My passion got lost after I took more than one wrong turn on the proverbial yellow brick road. The Dorothy myth of clicking my heels to get me where I belong didn’t work…wishing rarely does.
I now find myself in a place where I have gone full circle, a bit like an eclipsed moon that reaches its full, bright self. The turning point for me was when I started reading the poems displayed on the London Underground. This may sound strange to some but the words and their flow brought back memories of school and how I used to love listening to stories and writing a few odes myself. Signs are everywhere, cliché I know but it’s the truest thing I ever heard!
It’s all about being ready and for the longest time I avoided to my detriment the view from my window; I know now that I had to experience a certain way of life to eventually enjoy and embrace the possibilities that would follow. Your passion may not find you so why wait? If you find yourself reaching up with one hand try using both; so you suffer a little or maybe a lot either way it means that you feel something.
© Michelle Sotiriou 2013