Why Passion?

I am going to make a very passionate attempt to creating the WORLD OF PASSION. To start with, have you ever wondered why people are behaving in a certain way? Why the world is the way it is? Why you are the way you are? Why you have the life you have? Why you have the results that you have in life?

What’s really missing?

Passion?

I am not going to start with asking you “What is Passion?” I am going to ask you “Why Passion?”

That’s what is missing critically in our lives. Most of us are driven by things that we don’t even know and we don’t even question about them. We are happy being driven by it. I think its still fine to be driven by it, but the irony is that we think we are being Passionate. We achieve things in our lives and we think we did it coz we are passionate about those thing. If someone starts a new business and he starts making money. He starts buying houses and cars. I have observed one pattern, when they get money they loose their initial Passion. When they are able to buy a house and a car, they stop engaging their lives towards their business in the same way as they did when they were nobodies. So where was Passion? Was it really Passion or was it about a thought that was driving them. And the thought was that “Its good to have a house and a car”, “Its good to be famous and rich”, “Its good to have a life of convenience”, “Its good to have a good position in Society”.

Now look at the guys who are real achievers and masters in their craft. Sachin Tendulkar (Indian Cricket Player) never played cricket for money or buying a property in New York. He plays cricket because he is Passionate about cricket. He doesn’t play cricket because its the highly Paying Sports in India (lol). When he started his career, cricket was not a highly paying profession. He was from a middle-class family and it was not a wise decision for a youngster to focus on sports rather than studies. It was highly risky. His future was at stake. There was no assurance for success. What does Sachin do? He just plays the game to the best of his ability. He doesn’t play cricket because that will give him lots of fame and that it is the right thing to do. When he started playing cricket at the age of 10 years, he had no idea that he would end up being “THE Sachin Tendulkar”. He happens to achieve that because his Ground of Being is Passion. Because cricket was Passion for him and it still is. And all the materialistic achievement is just an additional bonus. He got money now, but he has not lost the Passion inside him. Whether it’s about cricket or its about Living.

Now just look at the new comers in cricket who play in one IPL season, become famous and rich, and disappears in the next season. There are many like that. What’s driving them? What’s driving Sachin? What’s the difference?

So what’s driving us if it’s not Passion? And what is Living Passionately? Is it the right thing to live Passionately?

If you have noticed, most of the time in our lives we fight for certain things and then we completely forget about it after a month or so. Then why do we fight for it? Because we are passionate creatures. We, human beings are made to associate with certain causes all the time. We are bound to fight (or stand for) for some things and give all that we have. We are natural “Givers”. Does that mean that we are really passionate about those causes?

In any fight it’s the guy who is willing to die, who is going to win that inch. Because that’s what living is!

Then what is Living Passionately? Lets look at how we live our lives. We live our lives in the World of Morality. We Think, Plan and Act on the lines of Right/Wrong. But the world works on Integrity. And Integrity is not Morality. “Coming on time” is Integrity but “Its Right to always come on time” is Morality. What happens when things happen on time? It brings workability in the Purpose, or the System, or in the World. Not coming on time becomes a morality issue and that’s why there is always a conflict. And we are always trapped in Right/wrong. We spend most of our time thinking, “Is this right?” “This thing is wrong, this should not happen?” “Whatever is happening with me is not right?” “My husband (or wife) is wrong and I am right?” “My boss is wrong?”.

We just disregard the reality of life. Life never works on right/wrong. Life doesn’t have rights/wrongs. We, human being, make them. And we make them very significant in our lives. We stick to our rights and wrongs as if its reality.

What happens to your Passion when you start living in Morality, have you ever wondered?

Passion is a very powerful thing. But what seems as Passion, I assert, is just a taught, which you think is right. When you think that I am passionate about this, you are actually saying, “This thing is right for me and I am going to do this”. That’s why when the first blow of disagreement strikes you, you give up. You give up your intention and you loose Passion. We just give up our childhood dreams as if it never existed.

We give up our whole life in Morality. We just want to be right/wrong. It’s difficult to say, but, We Kill our own Passion. This is what we all get trapped in? Isn’t it?

Passion is beyond that. Passion is self-expression. Passion is about being whole and complete with your self. Passion is about dreaming. Passion is willingness to Live and walk your own path. Passion is to fight the Fears. Passion is to live the unknown. Passion is about living in the Present. Passion is to Plan and think. Passion is to act to your best ability. Living passionately is a self-Promise you give to your own self. And no one can take that from you. What you do, how you do it, doesn’t define passion or being passionate. Living every moment of your life as if it’s a NEW BEGINNING is what Passion is.

In the world of Passion, there are not limits. You have an endless expression of who you are. You are so passionate that you never go into the thought process of “Is this right? Is this wrong? Should I do it?” You are just expressing who you are passionately. And hence you and your Passion are just the same.

And you know what I am talking about! You know your Passion. Just live it!

Rahul Tiwari

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18 thoughts on “Why Passion?

  1. very well written Rahul. When u move towards ur passion, ppl wl always try to distract u and divert u off-track, but those obstacles and hurdles shud inspire us more…

  2. Good line of thoughts!

    Passion to me is the self expression where one can experience complete sense of contentment. How to bring it to forefront is the interesting area of work! Explore further in this direction and we can create a new stream of study – Passionology!

  3. Agree..
    Such people find access to what they are good at and create themselves an their environment to a future they excel.. the gap is however if we start judging too early on whether we are going in the right direction or doing it right. The challenge is to keep the vision clear and on goingly creating bridges from where one is to where one wants to go…despite the dissipative forces and evidences of invalidation of certain assumptions held as truth at various points in the journey.

    I wonder if Devdas was driven to self destruction by his passion for Paru or he lost sight of his original passion found no reason to live. Lack of passion sucks out life!! And with passion life is fully expressed!

  4. I also have a great news to share with all of you. My essay “Why Passion?” has been viewed by a Times Of India Editor. He called me up and spoke to me for 2min. He says “Rahul! congratulations for writing such a wonderful essay. I like what you are doing. Nowadays youngsters dont think about life so profoundly and deeply. Writing is an artform and I think you can be a great writer if you are trained and developed under a mentor. Keep up your Passion and soon you will have your own Gym and Fitness center.” I replied by saying “So when can I get the opportunity to train you in my Fitness Programs?”. He laughed.

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