Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What Is Your Passion or Hobby or Talent?

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I went to an Eating For Your Soul meeting last night.  One of the homework assignments is to find what I am passionate about.  We as wives and mothers need to find something else besides kids, family, and the home to be excited about:  a talent, a hobby, politics, etc.  (This is for single, childless people, too, especially if you haven't found something that wow's you, yet).


Hmmm.


I'm sitting here thinking I don't have time to be passionate about anything.  It's my job now to help my kids find their talents so they have a chance to develop them before life takes over and swallows them up.


If someone said that to me, I'd have said they are full of it, and it's never too late to pursue something of interest.  I'm just saying that the above thought crossed my mind.  Here's more lame but kinda sorta valid excuses:


I'm too tired to be passionate.  Am I capable of being passionate?  If I could find a passion, would I be too obsessed about it and resent anything that gets in my way?  It costs money to develop talents.  Am I allowed to be passionate about sleep?


Speaking of which, the alarms just went off.  Time to clock in.


What is your talent/passion/hobby?

18 comments:

  1. Even though I'm just average in ability, I'd consider running my passion/hobby. I've had a lot of fun traveling and meeting new people beacuse of it.

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  2. I wish I had a "true hobby" like knitting, or painting, photography, etc. There's doesn't seem like there's enough hours in the day for it.

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  3. OMG I have asked myself that a lot! Thanks to Oprah. I wish I knew. I often wonder if I am eating to substitute for some missing passion in my life.

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  4. Reading is my passion - and also the reason I ordered myself a Kindle for my bday.

    Also, I love to laugh, so I search out things that will make me laugh - funny movies, quirky books, etc.

    Sewing is fun too, but I haven't had time to do that much lately - I get a lot of satisfaction out of doing small projects that don't take a lot of time (or money).

    Those are 3 things to come to mind when I think about hobbies or passions. :)

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  5. Oh, and browsing antique stores! LOVE to do that. Spending 30 minutes in a store so full of history really makes me feel peaceful.

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  6. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I am passionate about so many things: the great outdoors and nature in general, learning, chasing butterflies (and counting them and their larvae), growing native plants from seeds, laying with my grandbabies, reading, sewing, walking, biking,... I could go on, but won;t. I got the passion gene. Just lucky I guess.

    But, you, I think one of your passions is food and cooking. You have the most wonderful recipes on your blog. Passion most put them there?!?!?!?

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  7. RunBlondie - Oh, I remember moments of really liking my slogging when I went through the Couch-to-5K last year. I thought, "Oh, this must be why people continue with it." Then the plantar fasciitis became too aggravating. I wish I could become passionate about fitness. Maybe if I could truly focus on the fitness part and not the diet perspective and "gee, I wish this would get me skinny but it never will" part, then I may get more excited about it. But, yeah, I agree, it's hard to put aside time for hobbies.

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  8. Karen - re: eating as a substitute -- yeah, that's what I'm sensing about me, too. Passion or peace. I think I would be happy with peace even if I never got passion. I'm just brain-storming and haven't completely thought this through. There's chaos of family going on around me. I don't even know if I'm making sense. (WHERE'S THE M&M'S???)

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  9. Gian, yes, moms put their kids first but you also have to be there for you too. I saw my mom go thru life putting kids first all the time & I knew she was not happy helping herself. Kids do know.. find something for you! :-)

    Me - weights! of course!!!

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  10. I have too many things I'm passionate about. Unfortunately, none of them earns me an income so they get back-burnered until I find a way to make an income from them. Or win the lottery, whichever comes first. :)

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  11. Jill -- Great list. I purchased a gift for myself, too, recently (speaking of reading and laughter) -- For Better of For Worse: Something Old, Something New. My kids and I enjoyed that; we laughed as we could relate to many of the strips.

    I enjoy antique stores, also -- I often imagine who's hands were using the items and what was their life like.

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  12. Oh, Michele, thanks for the mention about my veggie blog. You're right, I do enjoy that. Having to cook/prepare meals three times a day and cleaning up afterwards kinda puts a damper on wanting to do more cooking, though. I'm awkward with meal-planning and execution to begin with. Maybe with practice, it'll be more enjoyable. Now you have me thinking...

    Reading your passion list (which is lovely, btw) made me think, "There's a person that knows how to live in the moment." That's something to appreciate and I hope to develop.

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  13. Jody -- (I had a hunch it was weights!) Yeah, you're right. Kids must pick up on that. And when Mom's happy, the kids will be happy, too. Thanks!

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  14. Cammy - If blogging happens to be one of your passions, I'm glad it is. I enjoy your blog and get so much out of it.

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  15. As I was reading it dawned on me that you could be passionate about sleep and then you wrote it. I'm passionate about anything that makes me feel good and sleep does the trick. I'm passionate about helping people. I am passionate about my dog and cooking. I'm passionate when I meet people who are authentic.

    I hope you get some sleep!

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  17. Very thought provoking Gina! I think it is good to have at least one thing apart from our families that we're passionate about. However, I totally understand where you're coming from when you say that your family is your passion.

    Mine is too. I know I'm right in the middle of God's will for my life when I'm doing all the things that come with taking care of the family . I know no greater peace than when I'm doing that. But I do find time to do things I love.

    I'm a singer and I like to do special music for our church occasionally. I also love scrapbooking and various handwork crafts as time allows. I have fallen in love with digital scrapbooking (no clean up) and love to work on a page or two here and there . It's my creative outlet and I'm sure it's what helps me keep going for my family.

    Anyway..I"m babbling. I love this post. Thanks for making me think. :)

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  18. lately it has just been reading and movies.
    in the past Ive had so many (playing the clarinet, travel etc) but right now Im workingmamaing and just having ANY TIME for me is a coup :)

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