23 November 2011
I’m not a fan of holidays – mostly because I find that they’re celebrated for the wrong reasons. But, instead of getting into the negative history of Thanksgiving, I’m going to focus on the positive, and write about something we can all agree is a reason to be thankful: The existence of passion.
Simply (and dramatically) put, passion is the blood of life. It’s been my greatest teacher of all in a life filled with painful lessons. I learned to appreciate the power of passion by deciding to focus on spending my days doing things I loved as opposed to things I had to do.
One of my biggest flaws is also something that people have tended to refer to as one of my biggest strengths: I refuse to do anything I don’t enjoy. While such stubborness has definitely gotten me into heaps of trouble, in the end it’s become a huge asset – and the best example of that fact is this website.
A few years ago, I worked in finance and made a shit ton of money doing so. Once the economy crashed, the firm I’d been with for years went under, and I struggled for almost 2 years to find work. I must’ve gone on close to 100 interviews for jobs that I honestly didn’t even really want. Days were bleeding into one another and every one of them ended with me feeling like more of a loser; and I became progressively more and more depressed. I was so beaten down emotionally from all the rejection, that I’d gotten myself into a rut and had forgotten the importance of doing the things I love.
Over the years, I’ve had friends say to me that I should be 1) a writer 2) a comedian or 3) in the music industry. Everyone who’s close to me knows that those 3 things (along with tennis and politics) are my biggest passions in life. I created Fred Hystere as a way to rediscover my passion. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been the most consistently rewarding experience of my life. Sure, there are some days when writing feels more like work as opposed to pleasure – but I do it anyway, and at the end of every day I’m left feeling accomplished – and with passion pumping through my veins.
Reminding myself of the things I love on a daily basis (via this site) has taught me the importance of knowing how to ‘reset’ during stressful times. If you’re someone who feels frequently overwhelmed, or as if you’re spinning your wheels, be resourceful; remember the things you love, and take the time to indulge your passion a little every day.
If your passion is conversation, have one with someone you enjoy conversing with. If your passion is reading, spend a few minutes with a good book every day. If your passion is sex, get laid – even if it’s a one-night stand. Shit, if you’re passion is eating fuckin donuts – eat one every day. The point is to do something every day that makes you happy – even if it’s for 5 whole minutes! It’s the difference between running in metaphorical circles and heading in a direction.
Trust me, I do it everyday – I know what I’m talkin about.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’ll be back on Monday with my #25 and #24 favorite albums on 2011!
The Weekend 10: This week I’ve chosen 10 songs that tend to bring out my passion in various ways. Interpret them however you’d like to, and use them as your own sources of inspiration! To download the mix below, click here: http://bit.ly/w1wwFj Enjoy!
1. Gypsy & The Cat “Time To Wander”
2. Empire Of The Sun “Walking On A Dream”
3. Cut Copy “Far Away”
4. Alexis Jordan “Happiness”
5. Kylie Minogue “Fall For You”
6. Marsheaux “Breakthrough”
7. Frou Frou “Must Be Dreaming”
8. Eurythmics “I’ve Got A Life”
9. Tracey Thorn “It’s All True”
10. Everything But The Girl “The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold)”