The first thing I noticed when I went to the August Wilson Center on Jan. 9 was the passion, particularly the passion of the playwright Randy Pitts. I saw that same passion in Marc Clayton Southers and the actors on the stage.

I love to see people passionate about something that they like or really believe in. I see it often in the people that are around me—passion for their sorority, fraternity, club or hobby. I think everyone should find a passion or two.


I work with a gentleman who is passionate about cameras, photography and film. He recently brought an old camera and had it delivered to work. I don’t blame him I wouldn’t have trusted it to be sitting on the porch while I was at work either. The camera was the style that looked like an accordion with a black drape that goes over your head. It is a film camera that he plans to use to take pictures of buildings.

Recently I stopped by a bowling alley to meet with a few clients, the passion for that sport comes through loud and clear. I almost forgot how much fun bowling is. People are serious about their extracurricular activities. Didn’t you see the passion when we lost that Steeler game last week? So many sad people were at work, I felt sad myself, but we can’t win all the time.

I have many passions and shopping and fashion top the list. There is nothing like a good shopping trip, trying on clothes and then getting dressed in something fabulous. If that something fabulous was purchased at a bargain price it is so much better. I also love to decorate and change things in my home. These changes don’t have to be expensive, major changes. You can change a light fixture, a comforter, a shower curtain, an area rug or a wall color and the whole flavor of the room will take on a new personality.

A word of caution about passion- don’t let it turn into an obsession, you know they are cousins. We have all watched Hoarders, Storage Wars, and Extreme Couponers, I would say all of these people are passionate but often they appear to be possessed and obsessed about what they care about so much.

The definition of passionate, according to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: adj, 1a: easily aroused to anger b: filled with anger: angry; 2a: capable of, affected by, or expressing intense feeling b: enthusiastic, ardent; 3: swayed by or affected with sexual desire. Find a passion but do not obsess about what you are passionate about. Let your passion give you joy and peace and fun and laughter.

Hobbies or passions can give you a reason to get up in the morning or keep going when you might not feel like it. Retirees who pursue hobbies have a greater chance of living longer and healthier lives, and those who get the most out of their hobbies started pursuing their chosen hobby earlier in life. Be happy, have fun, life is so short and if you’re having fun it seems even shorter. Find a hobby or hobbies that interest you and enjoy. And by the way, the next Reading Roundtable is scheduled for Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center and it is free.

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