|Joanna, photo cred: Heather Windsor|
When Brianna mentioned that she wanted me to write about anything as long as it had to do with something I was passionate about, my face went pale. Passion? This has been an area of struggle for me for a few years now. Everyone has those friends who are just known for their passions – "Steve? The hockey guy?" or "Yes, I know Lucie, she paints the most beautiful artwork!" It’s clear for those people what they are passionate about, because they are GREAT at it. And I think that’s where my problem lays. For me, a passion is something you are not only interested in but also practice and perfect. And I simply do.not.have anything that really defines me in that way… or so I thought.
This blog post was a great wake up call. I actually came across this quote by Albert Einstein:
I’m a busy person, but I considered for a moment, if I had all the time in the world what would I do with it?
I would bake. I have many many kitchen gadgets that speak to this, and I absolutely love the look on people’s faces when they eat something sweet and delicious that I baked.
I would read. As long as I can remember, I have had a book on the go. Currently that’s a textbook, as I finish up my third semester of my MBA. But I’ve always been a reader and I devour books whenever I can.
I would PHOTOGRAPH!
This last item is what I want to share with everyone. I would PHOTOGRAPH. Of course! I’ve always had a passion for photography – that is, other people’s photography. Last year I bought my first DSLR, and because of the intensity of my program at school, I have not been able to immerse myself in this art as much as I’ve wanted to. Looking at a great photograph gives me the warm-fuzzies. There’s nothing quite like a photograph to capture the emotion of a moment, freeze it in time. Everyone knows the saying that a picture speaks a thousand words, and I really do believe it.
Well, I decided that I needed to nurture this "passion" of mine. I truly believe you need to make time for what is most important to you and so over the last two weeks, I have been pouring over material to help me learn to be a better photographer. I have learned so many little tips and tricks that will take my photos from good to great and I can’t wait to practice more, more, more, more!
Writing this blog has been a great experience. I thought I was unpassionate. I thought I would fail Brianna, and be unable to write the kind of guest post she was expecting. But in the end, I learned more about myself than I thought I would. I DO have passions, but most importantly its not about having great talents, but about the curiosity to cultivate them!
|Chloe, Joanna's beloved kitty|