Something powerful happens when we decide to follow our passions.
It jumpstarts a colorful dance of contrasts and contradictions… our focus narrows but our world expands… our heart races but our soul stands still…
We are both infectious and unbearable… tunnel vision with eyes to the sky…
Alone and alive.
Empty yet full.
A cageless fire meets an endless fuel…
Racing across a never-ending bridge of up and down and back and forth, until we unceremoniously connect faith to fulfillment…
And then, we build a bigger bridge.
You have to see different things.
You’ve gotta walk unfamiliar streets.
You have to hear strange sounds and witness uncommon cultures.
You have to fumble through foreign languages and fall into unexpected conversations.
You have to explore.
The more differences you see, the more you realize we’re all same.
We often get our “passion” and our “purpose” confused.
I used to think about this a lot, especially as I got older and started to advance in my career. I wanted my decisions to be more linked to passion and purpose, but I wasn’t clear on either.
Were they the same thing? How do you define them? What’s the difference?…
It took me a lot of learning and exploring and failing and finding to discover the simple answer to that confusing question:
Your passion is about YOU. It’s about what you love.
Your purpose has NOTHING to do with you. It’s about what you do for OTHERS.
And when you’re able to sync them seamlessly together – pouring your time and energy and effort into what you love in order to create something meaningful for others – that’s when you become your greatest self. That’s when you give your greatest gift.
But not just the ‘nice to look at’ kind of beauty… A deeper kind.
The kind that touches you in an instant but speaks to you for a lifetime. The kind that finds dreams in the darkness and feeds truth in the light. The kind that stems from realness and rawness and an indescribable desire to give MORE.
More to yourself, more to others, more to the world.
The kind of beauty that transforms strangers into soulmates, and turns a community into a Calling.
Beauty that comes in different shapes and shades and sizes, but feels the same through shared eyes.
Beauty that’s a vision to create, and a passion to call home…
Beauty that lasts. Beauty you take with you.
Beauty that you love so much, you long to give it away.
Grateful as always for the highs, lows and all the spaces and places in between.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that you just gotta keep going.
Keep moving, keep working, keep believing.
Don’t stop, don’t listen.
Follow your vision off a cliff and hit the ground running.
The journey is the gift and the process is the prize. Your passion is the fuel.
And when you learn to willingly and willfully give more than you get, then you are truly grateful; then you are truly happy.
So keep going. It’s a lifestyle, not a destination.