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April 3, 2017

Your Passion Will Save You When You Feel Like Giving Up

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Ariel Lustre

I still can’t get over how certain people used to make fun of me when I would say I want to do something I’m passionate about. They would look at me like I was crazy or that I was living in a world of my own. They would look at passion as a concept the internet created; part of the self-help and self-improvement craze. They would say passion is overrated — that money is more important because they were under the impression that passion doesn’t pay the bills.

But after a long battle with jobs that pay the bills and a long journey to finally do what I’m passionate about full-time. I can safely say and testify that your passion will save you. Your passion will renew your faith in life. Your passion will heal you.

Your passion is like the person who finally shows you how you should be treated and how you should be loved after being with so many people who broke your heart and took you for granted. It’s the missing piece to your puzzle. It teaches you how to love again. It teaches you how to live.

Your passion will put a smile on your face when things are hard, it will remind you that you still have a purpose, that you’re here to create something from your heart and you’re doing what you were born to do. You’re doing what you were put on this earth to do.

Your passion will soften your heart. It will force you to love it unconditionally. It will force you to wake up in the middle of the night and check on it. It will force you to keep working on it until you perfect it and it will force you to dedicate your time and your heart to it. It will steal your heart. It will make you fall hard no matter how guarded you are.

Your passion will be your light during dark times. It will be your hope, your freedom, your sanity and your home.

Sometimes people think that work is just a portion of life they need to do so they can survive, but when your whole life is falling apart, the work you do will either make you rise or fall. When your whole world is falling apart, your work will either destroy you or it will save you.

Your passion will save you. Your passion will give you another life. Your passion will make you selfless. You will be making decisions for two. You will consider it before you give up. You will fight for it. Your passion will give you an unbreakable bond that glues you together. Your passion is your forever person. So find it. And hold on to it. TC mark

Rania Naim is a poet and author of the new book All The Words I Should Have Said, available here.

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