Monday, July 23, 2007

What's your soap box?

Have you ever been talking to someone when your blood starts pumping, your adrenaline flowing, and then wham, your in the middle of an hour long tirade about a topic that you absolutely love to discuss?

Everyone has something that they are really passionate about. It's that one topic that gets you excited. This is what you are passionate about. Think about it, find out what topic you could just go on and on and on about never getting tired of.

My passion is and has been "thinking for yourself" and "lifelong learning". I can get really pumped up about these and rattle on for hours on end. I don't think that everyone needs to be in the same profession or needs to take the same path in life, but I believe that everyone should be able to think enough for themselves to say yes or no to a situation with a sound argument behind their thought, and people should constantly be trying to improve.

Thinking for yourself is philosophy, religion, politics, logic. These are some of the topics that are considered taboo for discussion in order to prevent people from getting worked up. I don't have a problem with that. I don't even mind a heated argument, so long as the reasoning is sound. My only complaint is that someone does something because that's the way it's always been. As part of thinking for yourself you need to constantly push the boundaries. Ask, probe, study, find an answer and come to a conclusion.

Lifelong learning is self-evident. I believe that no matter where we are in our lives there is always more that we can add to the world if we continue to learn. I don't just mean that you should constantly be learning how to be better at your job. People should learn how to be better people. They should learn about technology, crafts, art, history, philosophy, parenting, athletics. These are all things that can add to the fullness of your life and to the influence that you may have on others. Knowing more about these topics can make you better parents and friends. You may not be passionate about history, but when you come across someone who is, then you'll be able to have a great conversation with him about it. You may not care much for art, but being able to discuss it with someone who is can open up a new world to you. Knowing about something is a great start to meeting new people and finding people who are passionate about that.

Lately there have been other topics that I've become more passionate about. Things that I want to start discussing with others. I have been interested in energy and eco-friendly energy for a long time. The internet has been a great place for me to learn more about this. I read more about wind farms and hybrid cars and wave farms, and solar panels every day, I'm constantly in touch with this topic.

I have read the book "Getting Things Done" and gone to the one day seminar to listen to the author talk. Reading the book was awesome and I have made a lot of changes to things in my life in the past year because of it. Going to the seminar was even more amazing. I had read the book and listened to his seminar on CD, but just being there with him was electric. This is what he is passionate about and I wanted to catch more of it. I want to run around converting people to the GTD way of life, but most people don't care. They don't see a need for it and don't want to do it. I read about GTD every day online as well.

Fitness is the last topic that I'm becoming more passionate about. Like everyone I've always known that I should try to be fit, but as I'm becoming healthier and getting closer to accomplishing my goal of running a marathon, there are so many things that I wish I could do to help others through the same journey that I've taken. I have been active on SparkPeople for the past 7 months and love being there. I chat with other people who are trying to lose weight, or who have lost it and are working to maintain a healthy lifestyle every day. I've met a great group of runners ranging from someone just starting about every week, to some people who have run many marathons. These people all have great stories and are very supportive of each other. The entire community is great. I want to share everything that I've enjoyed with anyone and everyone that I meet.

I've carried on enough about my passions, what are you passionate about? Leave me a comment and let me know.