“If you’re a really passionate person, are there times when you wish you weren’t?”
There are times when I’ve disliked being a passionate person, because I saw it as a weakness. For, often times, with great passion comes great emotion and sensitivity too. That, in turn, can make a person more vulnerable. It also means that for as much as we love and feel joy, we hurt and feel pain.
I’m not speaking of feeling passionate regarding just a particular hobby or interest either. It’s how I’ve learned to live my life as a whole. I have always had an intense passion for life and people, so to me, it’s just a way of life ~ A way of living and a way of loving, as it is for many of you as well.
I’ve tried to shut it all down before and close myself off from the world to avoid being hurt or disappointed again, but it never works. That’s just not who I am.
Have you ever tried to do that?
Have you ever denied the world of who you really are?
What I’ve learned is that nothing makes me unhappier or stifles my creativity and passion for life more than when I’ve tried to turn off who I am. Therefore, just as I’ve always been determined not to let man or life’s circumstances rob me of my faith in God, so I am determined not to let the world rob me of being passionate, genuine and transparent… Of being honest and wearing my heart on my sleeve.
Don’t Be Robbed of Your Essence
It took me a long time to realize that if you were to take away that single special trait which we each have (ironically, it’s typically the thing we like least about ourselves) but if you take away that single trait which makes me so special and unique (call it passion, sensitivity or vulnerability) then you would be taking away the very essence of who I am as well. You would be taking away my very core ~ My heart, soul and consciousness. It would rob me of my spirit, intuition and creativity. It would steal my deep appreciation for all the small things and ability to enjoy life’s simplest treasures. Mostly, it would take away my keen awareness of other people’s hearts and souls ~ I would no longer have the ability to empathize or connect on such deep levels with them. Essentially, I would lose my passion for life and living.
The Dumbo Difference
However, life experience teaches us that those qualities which we often times view as being our greatest weakness can in fact, become our greatest strengths. And think about it ~ you can’t discover one without discovering the other. We must learn to embrace those personal traits which make us different, because they are what make us so special and unique. Being different and standing out from the crowd is what gets us noticed and remembered ~ It makes us irreplaceable!!
Never Apologize for Being You!
So, never apologize for being a passionate, sensitive or emotional person because it means you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to show it or give it to others and that is an incredible gift! Making the choice to be vulnerable and choosing to take the risk are signs of real strength and character. While it’s true that it can be your greatest source of heartache or what can hurt you the most, it is also what allows you to have a deep understanding of how to connect with people and on much deeper levels. Those are the kinds of relationships my friends that are absolutely incredible and life changing for everyone!
Never give anyone enough power to make you regret or feel ashamed for being true to yourself… For, it takes a great deal more courage and strength to risk showing the world who you really are in your heart and soul than it does in pretending to be someone you’re not.