Let me start this off with the fact that it’s my birthday today! It came up so fast this year, I wasn’t really ready for it to be honest. I feel like it hasn’t even been Christmas yet, but I guess time flying comes with getting older. I’m turning 25 this year which seems oddly kind of old to me, but with age comes wisdom right?
This year had been a whirlwind of ups and downs, but I have learned a whole heck of a lot. I’ve gotten stronger, I’ve run more than I ever thought possible, I’ve driven out to the middle of nowhere to meet girls I met on the internet, I’ve started a blog and an Instagram devoted to my fitness journey, I’ve started coaching a girls running team, and overall, I’ve found a way to share my passion for working out with so many more people than I ever thought possible.
I’ve had some time to think lately about sharing your passion. Recently, a friend from college who I greatly admired and respected passed away from a long bout with cancer. My news feed has been continuously overflowing with kind words of praise for this young man and stories about how he touched many lives. A consistent theme keeps seeping through each post. In almost every note left, there is a line referencing how this man touched their lives through music. Music was integral to his being and he was immensely talented. The passion for this art coursed through his veins so much so that upon meeting him, it was if music oozed from him. He wanted everyone to share in his passion and to see the beauty in the art like he did. His passion in itself was inspiring, but the amount of people he was able to influence through that passion is what is truly remarkable. He will be greatly missed.
But his passion is something we should all try and emulate. Find something, anything, and be truly passionate about it. Be unapologetic when talking about it and try to find like-minded individuals to share in your joy for the subject. When I first started my Instagram and this blog almost a year ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing or who would be looking at it, but I didn’t really care. I was extremely interested in fitness and health and I wanted to inspire others to join in my interest. I wanted to share any and all information I had and to soak up information from others because this is the subject matter that I turn to when my mind wanders. It’s not my only passion (music will always be up there too), but that’s okay. Choose to have as many passions as you want, but care about something. Care about something so much that you want everyone around you to care about it too, no matter what.
I thank my friend for opening my eyes to this. I can only dream of being as impassioned about anything as he was about music. His legacy will live on in all those his love for music touched and that is an amazing thing.