The Passion List…

We all know the Bucket List. But today I’m starting my “Passion List”. For years I’ve sought to find my “passion”. To no avail. I’ve wondered if I have some deep-seated psychological barrier to “passion”. All my life, I’ve had many things (and people) I liked, even loved. But being passionate about any of these, not so much. Not that I haven’t wanted to, not that I haven’t tried. Maybe it’s my definition of passion, maybe that’s where I’ve gone wrong. But I am still secretly (well, not anymore) seeking to find that one place in my life that am so in love with that I’m practically consumed by it. (Not in a mentally unstable way, just in a ‘oh my gosh, I can’t wait to do it’ kind of a way) And darn it, I’m very near 50 years old…surely I can figure out my passion.

My sister, her passion is quilting. My mom’s, reading. My friend Kellee, horses. My husband, the lake. Stephanie, music. Megan, photography. Mary, exercising. Paula, cooking (ok, I thought I’d slip that in, but we know she is!) I like all of these things, (well, who am I kidding, not exercising!) I even love some of them, but passionate? No.

I personally think it all started in my childhood. I always felt good at things, but never great. (okay, weep some big tears for me right now, and then we’ll be over it!) Earliest memory, baton twirling lessons. Then piano, then horses (see I tried!), then flute, even cheerleading. All of which I eventually quit, well, because I didn’t feel passionate about any of them. That just gets me into high school, the adult list, we’d be here for hours. Suffice it to say, I’ve done every craft project there is at least once. I’ve volunteered, I’ve taught, I’ve even co-hosted a radio show. Nope. No passion. At this point I am sure Dr. Phil would chew me up and spit me out in little pieces. (Am I beginning to sound like a selfish little snot…i’m sorry, hear me out.) I swear, I love a lot of those things, but “consumed”, No.

So this my year of “Jubilee”, what better time to figure it out. Let’s start with the things I love…
*Jesus
*Family/Grandbabies
*History
*Antiques
*Old Photos
*The Lake
*Chocolate (I’m going for anything I love here, we’ll narrow this down later!)
*Old people (older than me!)
*Girlfriends

Well, that’s the beginning…somewhere in all this, I plan to find “passion”.  What’s yours?  Maybe it will help me. 

This may be a long search. Hang with me on this one, and if you have any ideas, or Dr. Phils phone #, hey, let me know!

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About 49andcounting

Hi! I'm a mom, wife, grammy, sister, friend at that ALMOST 50 age!! (Okay, since I started this a few years ago...well, add a bit to 49andcounting!) How the heck did I get here so fast?!? I love, love, love- my girls, antiques, rural America, history, Jesus, junkin,the lake and my Big Boy...not particularly in that order. It's about time I change this profile a bit. After a year or living in our 5th wheel in beautiful Pennsylvania, My Big Boy and I are back to the Kansas Prairies. And there's just nothing like "Home Sweet Home". Hitting the Big 50 has its own unique, well...let's say...blessings :) So come along, laugh with me...cry with me...praise God with me...and let's do this 49andcounting thing, together!
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6 Responses to The Passion List…

  1. Our bible study was on this particular subject and was on God looking for people of passion! You go! Did you see I finally got signed up for your blog? I figured I would always catch them as I am always on FB, but I missed one (gasp!) and couldn’t let that happen again! Talk to you soon.

  2. David S Elliott says:

    Passion sometimes comes in short bursts for me. If you are OCD. So I have been very passionate about the following in the past at one point or so… but it has faded for now and I am waiting for it to strike me again:

    – Collecting:
    Collecting Old Books for Boys (Tom Swift, WW2, etc.)
    Collecting Old Postcards (Wash DC, Annapolis, Naval Aviation)
    Collecting Old Stamps (US only)
    Collecting Old Naval Academy items
    Collecting Old Naval Aviation items

    – Family History:
    Scanning Old Family Photos (I need to see what’s left to do)
    Filling out Ancestry.com Family Tree (Didn’t pay this year so view only for me)
    Make a Nice Family History Photobook (Shannon idea – Haven’t done this yet)

    – Cemeteries:
    Helping Find-A-Grave.Com as volunteer (Done a couple of these)
    Walking Cemeteries to help others (Would like to do this more great exercise too)

    – Scrapbooking
    Making Scrapbooks with old photos (have 8 of them or so)
    Scrapbook for Dad in Korea
    Scrapbook for Boy Scouts
    Scrapbook for Navy
    Scrapbook for USNA
    Scrapbook for our Vacations (Switzerland)
    Scrapbook for our Vacations to Mexico (haven’t put it together yet)

    – Golf
    Dad had a passion for playing golf with Jack – daily if possible
    I started to enjoy it when new clubs made it easier – but expensive
    Also has landed me in the emergency room twice (torn ribs and tornup knee)

    – Bible Study
    Really enjoy this at our church – a cover to cover study (entire bible)
    Have a lot of resources: KJV, RSV, ESV, NIV, Commentaries, etc.
    Just got a new NIV Study Bible and ESV Study Bible last year

  3. David S Elliott says:

    Oh forgot to tell you what your passion might be:

    Writing (Blogging)
    Family: Being a Mom & Grandmom
    Famlily: Supporting your Mom and other family members
    Helping Others
    Antiques (whatever happened to that??)

  4. David S Elliott says:

    KK it appears that you have a LOT of Passion to others… and if you are unaware of what it is… it must be in Communications.

    Communications:
    – With Your Kids
    – With Your Family
    – Through Your Writing Skills
    – Telephone

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