Don't Let Passion Slip Away!
How many times have you said you wanted to do something—you've pined away for going to an event or taking up a passion—and somehow it doesn't happen. It's not that the hands of times slip idly through your fingertips...it's simply that, if you are anything like yours truly, you get sidetracked and you unwittingly put your passions on the backburner.
Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of passions that are alive and well in Heidiland. But I'm talking about our crazy schedules, folks...there is the work week, the chores, the friends and family to follow up with, the pets to walk, the bills to be paid, the laundry,etc. We all know what happens when events, efforts and people fill a typical week. Our dreams and aspirations can get easily sidetracked.
Geeking Out About Heirloom
I have always loved the taste of an heirloom tomato. I'm a bit of a geek in that way. I've also always been enamored by American history and would put a trip to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, on the top of my bucket list any old day. The man has always intrigued me. You could say I had a crush on TJ when I was a kid...yes, I could get a lifetime membership to geekdom and the idea puts a smile on my face.
That's when we know we are 'on to something'. For months prior to the Monticello Seed and Heritage Festival, I had talked about going. Yes, many friends are yin to my yang. I love seeds, getting my fingernails full of dirt, and studying the natural world.
The festival was advertising classes that made my soul sing: an introduction to fermentation, vinegar making, Native American medicinal plants, elderberry syrup as an elixir, to name a few. Moreover, it was about preserving heirloom seeds and supporting local businesses, sustainability topics that are far too important to ignore in my eyes.
Time slipped away and I didn't know whether or not I would go. I had mentioned the festival to various friends and no one seemed interested. And then I had a talk with myself. How often had I stopped myself from doing something that instantly made me feel more alive? Have you ever had that experience? I resolved to go to the festival, even if I went by myself.
The Universe Responds
And then a law of the universe made it's presence know: I casually mentioned the festival to my good friend Wendee and she got on board the bandwagon. Saying 'yes' to our passions really does make a difference.
Have you ever had the experience of having the universe resonate with your life's purpose when you listened to what really mattered to you? I know what I love..but sometimes the noise of the 21st century and 'obligations' can make me turn off the switch to what makes me feel truly alive.
I'll give you another example, a dear friend of mine is a very gifted writer. Like most of the rest of the world, she has to earn a living. Her work ethic is impeccable. She works and works and works. But my friend is a very talented writer, she brings people's stories to life. Recently, she composed a piece on a dying breed of people, Yankees, and her profiles on these elders is a masterpiece. I cried when I read her article and told her how much it moved me. When the story broke, people reached out to her throughout the day to share how much it meant.
The people in the article are remarkable for one reason alone. They are authentic. They are who they are and they have no need to be anything but true to themselves. There is no Facebook in their daily lives, no need to impress others, no conspicuous consumption. They are 'real' and it is a reminder of how precious that commodity is.
What's Your True North?
My friend followed her 'true north' by writing that piece. And she glows when she talks about other projects she might do that are similar. There is no denying who we really are, we just have to listen to what makes us glow and feel alive. I would love it if you could share a similar story!
Here's to attending the Monticello and the Seed & Heritage Festival in 2014. Bring it on!
About the Author: Heidi Boone is a sales professional on the outside and a tree hugger on the inside. She strives for well-being at every level and blogs about her experiences with yoga, eating a largely plant-based diet, and exploring the many ways to make the journey both joyous and life affirming.