Lesson 2 : Passion

Passion is that little warm glow, or rather bush fire; you get after you’ve had a whizz on the imagination rollercoaster (Refer to Lesson One). All you can think about is that idea or concept you have, as you lay awake at 03:21 on a Monday morning.
Eventually, you shoot up and rush to your laptop because you have a question that needs to be answered immediately, or you simply can’t wait for the sun to come up to start working.  You try to talk to your friends and family, but they simply just don’t get the same buzz and excitement about your latest invention. You rant and rave about your new idea for an electric shaver, or invisibility cloak, and start giggling to yourself at how crazy this all is!

“You’re being delusional! You’re over-doing! Go on… take a break!” This is the voice of a little tiny dwarf that lives in the frontal lobe of your brain. This tiny little ogre/dwarf goes by the name of doubt. He’s quite comfortable up there, as he sits on his couch watching daytime TV and eating bars upon bars of snickers, playing Bazinga on the Mac you bought last month.

He’s content, and you have made him so.

Anytime doubt sees a road of risk ahead, he’ll raise his voice and kick your skull giving you a migraine. If you can ignore the little critter and accept the long and winding road of mini failures and speed-bumps, then you are practically there. By there, I mean success.

Passion is somewhat synonymous with hard work because passion leads to obsession and hours of thinking and researching further into your concept. After passion, there is dedication and hard work, and all these pit stops follow each other quite quickly. Passion is unintentional and not so easy to stop. Whereas  “hard work, dedication!”  can be stopped more easily by doubt. You become more aware that you are tired when you have to complete a task that doesn’t seem so interesting, but it’s a necessary step to take before all the fun (i.e. filling out licences for your new invisible cloaks outlet store).

Quite recently, I decided that next year I would like to complete a marathon, because the thought of running 26.2 miles genuinely excites me (or the thought of running through a ribbon sounds fun). That is passion.

However, I am a beginner so I must start at the beginning. Learning to push through chest pains and shin splints. As of last year, I could hardly run 2 laps around the race track, and that was only 2 minutes. Now, I have to run 30 minutes non stop by the end of March for a 5k run. So, when I get on that treadmill or the race track, I have to complete 15 minutes of nonstop running for the first month. It hurts and is certainly not as fun as searching for new trainers and running buddies.

When the green little man begins to whisper in my ear, all I want to do is stop running (and for the first week, I did) but now I tell him to shut up. That’s hard work.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. “- Nelson Mandela

With passion,

The MicroRead.

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