Do you have a passion? Something deep within you that drives you, calls you, tugs at you to pay attention, notice and engage?
What are you doing with it?
My passion for writing began as a teen. At times I wrote voraciously, knowing that only through this act would I manage to release enough emotion to maintain a foothold in the world.
There were seasons where my passion was dormant, a seed waiting for conditions that would stir it to life again.
This time the stirring came with a change. Now, in my 60’s, my passion wants to mature. Where before, I coloured madly, using crayons at random, now I yearn to colour within the lines, to form my craft, and hone it.
This means gathering tools, learning their names, their use. I read about writing. I try what I read, find workshops, a writing group; I work in community.
Stifling Creativity, or Not
You’d think this would stifle the creative spirit, but instead, it grows. Tools tap unknown sources, bring forth writing beyond what I thought I knew.
I’ve just completed a week of writing with 20 like-minded women under the direction of our mentor, Eunice Scarfe. Strategically, Eunice chose and shared the words of others who write – famous names, obscure authors, students from past classes. After hearing, the direction was always the same. “Now go and write, use what you’ve heard, or not. But write. You have 30 minutes.”
And we did, harnessing our passion, gathering its power.
Stirred by the stories of others, words spilled with joy, tears, confusion, and purpose. We wrote inside and outside the lines. We scribbled and refined. We wandered, and set forth with purpose.
And then we shared.
Not a solitary task
The task of writing is, by need, a solitary one, but it is nurtured in community. The act of setting baggage beside one another builds a communal strength where unexplored depths find their way to the surface, to the page.
In the same way it takes a village to raise a child, I believe it takes a community to grow a writer, a musician, an athlete, an academic, a teacher, a humanitarian, a believer.
What is your passion? Where did you find your community? Or are you, perhaps, still looking for one? Tell me in the comments. I’d like to know.
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