Passions and Dreams
For whatever reason I've been thinking about passions today. I had a decent work day that allowed me chat with several of my coworkers. While there was a lot of hubub about a new couch in the lounge (and even a loveseat to go with it!) I also got to understand a little more about the desires and dreams some of them have. That might be a little hyperbolic, but I still think I managed to peek into the inner workings of some of the people I won't see much longer.
With everything from gymnastics to motorcycles, it was a fun day. Now I'm here thinking about how I can communicate those honest, open feelings I was fortunate to witness today. Don't get me wrong, I don't try turn every human interaction into something with my story, but this is a truly human interaction, a truly human emotion. We all have these goals, these ideas of what to do and where to be. It makes me really look over my own thinking.
They say it's hard for us to realize that everyone is the star of their own story, that we all think differently. I, for one, want desperately to see as much of the world as I can, to experience the most I can, but I know people who sincerely just want a quiet place to watch their family grow. People who don't want to travel. I know people who know exactly where they want to live. People who have decided that one, single career in a small, homey place is what they want for their whole career. And here I am, still wondering, to some degree, what I want to be when I grow up.
I'm a writer, so I suppose one of the things I really want is to understand everyone and everything. I know that's an impossibility, but the pursuit of it is, I feel, a worthy one. And to do so, I need to understand how each of the people in my life, all these very different characters that I'm so blessed to know, look at the world. Some want to explore. Some want to relax. Some want to strive for fame and glory. Others just want a quiet place of their own.
Learning about their passions helps me understand mankind better and, yes, represent it better through my work. I hope that as I move forward from here, traveling to China and beyond, that learn more and more, experience more and more, and understand more and more.
Hey. Be Excellent to Each Other.
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