Growing, Not Dying

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Doing What You Love

I've been putting a lot of thought into the phrase "do what you love" lately. Trying to figure out your passion can be hard sometimes. Not all of us are lucky enough to just "know." Or we pass that period of our life and find our selves going, "now what?"

Currently I find myself in this position, looking for a way to do what drives me. It is so important to fufill that drive. Tonight I was watching Law & Order: Criminal Intent. A chess prodigy was forbidden to play and had left the country seeking refuge. He ended up going insane, killing an innocent girl. All he wanted to do was be allowed to play chess against the best in the world. The episode ended with a quote I found profound. "That's what happens when you keep people from doing what they do best; they go insane."

Now, insanity doesn't seem a likely outcome for me, but the likely outcomes of not doing what I love aren't good either. You may be asking by now what this mysterious love is then. Teenage kids. There are not enough places for kids to hang out. Not nearly enough people who care, and not enough recoginition for those who do. Parenting classes for those who have the tough job of raising these kids. Life changing camps, leadership, guidance. More than anything I want to give kids the knowledge that someone cares about them. Not just the star kids. Not just the druggie/at risk kids. All the kids. These kids are my passion.

Now I just need to figure out this translates into my life.


Anonymous cipz said...

just caught a re-run of that show and enjoyed the quote so much that i googled it to make sure i had heard it correctly. your site came up and i was glad to see we recalled it word for word. i was once told that the key to being happy with your vocation is to find something you love to do and figure out how to get paid for it :) nice blog, maybe i'll catch more of it. thanks again for having the quote -cipz-

Wed Jan 25, 10:15:00 PM MST  

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