Passion or Die

As an English major, I have a strong love for the written and spoken language. A single word is something incredibly ambiguous. It is a combination of symbols that is given meaning through mutual agreement within a group or society. These meanings develop and change over time, which shows some of the ambiguity within the symbols.

One word that I have been thinking about this past week is passion. According to, this word originally meant to suffer. However, “Sense extended to sufferings of martyrs, and suffering generally, by early 13c. [the] meaning [became] ‘strong emotion, desire’ is attested from late 14c., from Late Latin use of passio to render Greek pathosReplaced Old English þolung (used in glosses to render Latin passio), literally ‘suffering,’ from þolian (v.) ‘to endure.'”

Today, this word has several different meanings. The specific definition that I want to talk about though is, “a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.” 

Passion is something that keeps us moving forward towards our goals and desires. It is an emotion that we feel so strongly towards something that it becomes a part of us, like a second nature. For me, this would be reading and writing. I don’t really have to think about it, because it is a part of who I am. But get me talking about it and I won’t stop. It is these things that bring us true joy.


Passion is also what drives us to never settle for mediocrity. It provides us with a desire to push for excellence. This to brings us toward happiness in life. It has been said by many that the pursuit of knowledge keeps us young. It is when we stop seeking after learning that we begin to dull and lose excitement. If you ask me, life is too short to risk losing excitement.

It is so important to learn early on what keeps us excited in life. Otherwise, we risk becoming those sad people that Nicholas Sparks describes. But, if we can find that early on and even get paid to do it, life will turn out to be pretty alright.


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