Saturday 8 December 2012


The world is full of words and not so big on passion. People say they have passion but it is more like curiosity. Of course, this is just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Last week in the newspaper I read the following letter that was printed. Here's what it said :

Just a comment on the ridiculous use of the word "passion" these days. For this Sunday Times pin-up girl, she was described as having a wide range of passions. A passion is what Vincent van Gogh had, at which he worked all day, every day and which probably killed him. So how to cope with a wide range? Another word which is stupidly used is "humble". People strive all their time to achieve a goal and when they reach it they are "humbled".

This struck a chord with me - a big one. Passion is something you eat, drink and sleep. It means you are driven, and focused. Sure you can like many things, or, say, many people, but true passion is really a singular thing. True passion is closely linked to obsession.

I know passionate people, and they are like a laser beam. And then I know people that have interests, and they never finish what they start.

Posted by Ronnie Apteker