Minding Your Passion

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” – Sabrina Bryan

For a little over two years I’ve been writing this blog and today is the first day I wish I could skip writing for a week. It’s not that I don’t like writing it, it’s that I’m deep in the process of revising my novel, The Space Between Time and I almost resent any time spent away from that task. So I hope you’ll excuse me if this post is short because I’m in full creative mode.

Having written that, I want to emphasize that anything we do that fills us with passion and gives us pleasure, in a creative way, of course, should be our top priority. I have lots of theories about why we deny ourselves the pleasure of losing ourselves in work that grasps us. We’re sure we don’t deserve to be happy, or we’re addicted to misery. Getting pity from others can be a powerful draw. In a way our DNA is imprinted with the idea that we can’t have the things we desire most. Most people throughout history accepted their lot, did all they could to survive and didn’t allow themselves to dream beyond creating a better life for their families. We have few examples of people living the life of their dreams and being successful at it. In a way, that’s good because every single person must discover their own way to their deepest passions. The thing is, though, you need to believe that it’s possible to put aside the miseries of our existence and cross over into a happy, fulfilling life. Seek out the stories of people who’ve realized their deepest desires. Discover how they did it, and believe you can do the same.

Once you discover your purpose, I encourage you to go for it. I can testify that you might not realize your dream right away, but if you keep your commitment alive, eventually, you’ll be living the life of your dreams. When that happens, you’ll look back and be thankful for every time you chose to take one step closer to fulfilling your dreams.

Every morning when I wake up, I’m grateful I stuck with my quest and I’m grateful for the full support of my husband who has been my cheerleader our entire married life. Find your cheerleader, and be a cheerleader to someone else.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to working on my manuscript. Good luck on making your dreams come true.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to leave a comment.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2015


Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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