In the past few years, I have been lucky enough to talk with passionate individuals who are living truly inspiring lives. These people, whether they are writers, oyster-farmers, sustainable carpenters, or naturalists, have chosen lifestyles that involve freedom, adventure, and most of all a true appreciation of nature, art, and science.
I, on the other hand, have a less-inspired, more-orthodox lifestyle, and find great inspiration in the lives and paths of these people. Somewhere along the road, staring down the fork in the road, I took the desiccated path of offices, deadlines, and resumes. But things weren’t always that way. As a young child, I was enthralled by musicians, artists, but most importantly, conservationists. Steve Irwin, Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, and David Attenborough were forthright in my quickly developing brain, and I had a clear path to success. I was sure that I wanted to be a part of nature and wanted to devote my life to it like my heroes.
My curiosity was brimming and the conversations just started with every combination possible. People I met and admired. People I never met and admired. People I met and never knew I admired until I started talking to them, unintentionally uncovering what made them tick, only to find out that they had a passion project all of their own. With each conversation or meeting, I left with a stronger intention that I would go out and do something all my own. With data on my side, I figured that now was the time than ever.
Currently, my passion is a side-project, not my life, and I want to do everything I can to learn from people who have turned their own passion into their everyday existence. The hope is one day I will be one of these passionate people myself, and will be able to write my own story.