I love the word ‘passion’. I love what it means, but also what it represents for me. Most people who know me well would say I am a passionate person, and my goodness – that is such a compliment. The word itself is defined as “a strong and barely controllable emotion.” Barely controllable? Yes. I love that. Passion is that fire inside us that pushes us to pursue things we love. A job, a person, an adventure, anything – if it excites us, we want it. We may not know why either, but the thought of chasing after whatever goal or person it is, truly makes us happy.
I believe that nothing in life should be half-assed. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, an instagram post – do it well or not at all. I kept finding myself talking to friends about their mediocre relationships and wondering why they were still in them if it didn’t make them completely happy. I vowed that I would never do that – why waste your time and someone else's? Now this isn’t a relationship piece, far from it, but you get my point. Going through school I knew I never wanted to be in a job that didn’t make me excited to go to work everyday. Why waste time doing something that isn't going to bring out the best in you? I mean, sure, there will be bad days and not everything will be sunshine and rainbows, but if you really dread going into work each and every day, maybe you’re not in the right spot?
When I was 20 years-old, I got my first taste of working with athletes. It wasn’t until I was filling out my time sheet that I realized just how many hours I was spending in the gym. I would get home from a 14-hour day, being completely exhausted thinking about how much I was looking forward to the next day. That’s when it hit me – I LOVE this. I started getting more excited for my athlete’s success than I was about my own. I was happy to be in a position that made me feel like I was making a difference and not mindlessly going through the motions of a job I didn’t love. That’s really when I realized just how powerful ‘passion’ is.
I credit my mom for teaching me about passion. For those of you reading this that know my mother, know she truly is her own person fuelled by her love for people and passion for life. She never does anything half-ass unless its in kitchen – I love you Mom, but we both know cooking isn’t your strong-suit. My mom lights up a room when she walks in and I firmly believe it is her passion that shines through.
I believe that my passion for strength and conditioning is the reason I am where I am today. This is not a career path you take to get paid big bucks for going through the motions. Truthfully, you have to do a lot of work before you even start thinking about “big bucks”, we do it because we LOVE it and can’t get enough. I try to bring that to the gym with me everyday. Like I said, not everyday is going to be amazing, but that’s when you have to remind yourself of why you started. Same thing you would do when starting on a weight loss journey, or saving money for a big trip you want to go on … remember why you started in the first place.
I could probably write about this topic for pages on end, and I’m sure I’ll revisit it in the future, but for now I will wrap it up. Let your passion show in your work, and let it be the driving force to go after what you want. The word means more to me than the definition states – I like it so much, its permanently tattooed on my body.
My piece of advice … do it with passion, or not at all.