In my recent New Year email to friends and family, I wished everyone a year of peace and passion.
When I studied classical voice and the time came for me to make a decision to immerse myself in training, I decided not to. There were so many paths to choose from – how could I dedicate myself to just one? My mother’s theory was that I just didn’t have the passion, or perhaps she used the word “dedication”, but I now see that it’s hard to have one without the other.
Now when I think of passion, a multitude of ideas come to mind. Perhaps most appropriate to my life, due to my passion for the theater, is the masterwork by Stephen Sondheim – 1994’s “PASSION”. Though the musical was about passion of another sorts, the musical illustrated that passion and dedication, combined with both talent and the ability to flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ) can lead to magnificent creations.
So what I wish for those closest to me, well, everyone really, is to be able to pursue a passion, to find their own rhythm, to find that dedication can come easily, to feel productive, to experience the flow…to be able to live passionately, love passionately and fulfill their potentials as compassionate human beings.