By Kenneth Justice
~ My weekend in Philadelphia has drawn to a close and I’m actually tearing up as I write this. I’m sitting in a coffee shop early this morning and a couple tears are trickling down my cheek so I’m trying to keep my face hidden behind my laptop so people don’t notice, they are happy tears.
When I came up with the idea for my yearlong Drinking in the Culture Tour and a goal of visiting 100 coffee houses all while meeting up with readers and fellow bloggers I had no idea what to expect. In the last five weeks I’ve been to Atlanta, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and now with Philadelphia done….I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and joy.
After the first stop in Atlanta and meeting with bloggers like Kira (DeweyDecimal) and Molly (Mollytopia) I thought that perhaps it was merely a fluke that I had such a good time meeting up with people. But then Chicago came and I met Tonya (ChapterTk) and then Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and the bloggers and readers I keep meeting are, to put it quite simply; freaking awesome.
It amuses me with massive amounts of humility that people are actually interested in meeting me when I arrive to the coffee houses because the fellow bloggers and readers I met in Philadelphia were so wonderful that when I look into the mirror I think to myself that I’m not even half as cool as the people I’ve met.
Yesterday was a flurry of activity as I stopped by three different coffee shops in Philadelphia and the surrounding area starting out at 7:30 in the morning and not finishing up till nearly 7pm; 12 hours of meeting with readers and fellow bloggers!
I was trying to think of one word to sum up my day yesterday and I kept coming back to the word passion.
—-) Passionate people excite me
—-) Passionate people inspire me
—-) Passionate people fascinate me
And in Philadelphia this past weekend there was no shortage of passion in the eyes of the people I met. The subject of passion came up with fellow blogger Alison (longandluxe) as she talked about her decision a year ago to start writing a blog. She’d been working one of those jobs that many of us have (a job that pays the bills) but didn’t really feel all that fulfilled in the work she was doing and because she had always loved writing when she was younger she took a stab at writing a blog. The minute Alison started talking about her writing, her eyes literally glistened with joy…..Alison is passionate about writing.
Isn’t that what life is about; finding our passion? Finding that thing in life which motivates us to get up just a little bit earlier in the morning (or to stay up just a tad bit later) because we receive so much fulfillment from pursuing our particular passion.
—-) For some people their passion is mechanics; I’ve got a buddy that LOVES rebuilding old cars (whereas I can’t stand to even change the oil in my car)
—-) For some people their passion is working with children or teaching at a school
—-) For some people their passion is art, or writing, or singing
Whatever our passion is….it adds so much spice and joy to our life. Without a passion, waking up in the morning and going to work can turn into drudgery and days of monotony. But when we find that passion; all of a sudden the minutes at work seem to disappear because our life is filled with so much more meaning and joy.
As Alison talked about how much she loved writing and how this past year of blogging has meant so much to her; I couldn’t help but be inspired. If I wasn’t a writer before I met her, I probably would have ended up becoming one last night after I left the coffee shop.
Passionate people like Alison are contagious; they inspire us to do so much more with our life than merely the bare minimum. She was bubbling over with so much to say and share about writing, life, love, and a ton of other topics that before I realized it we’d been talking for a couple hours. But when you’re with passionate people time seems to stand still….the conversations are never dull and drearybecause passionate people have a massive zest for life.
Of course it helps that Alison is a really good writer. In many ways one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed reading her throughout the past year is that prior to meeting her; I had already picked up on the joy and passion that flows from her pen (or in the less metaphorical sense her blog). While she started out writing her blog specifically on fashion; she found that the more she wrote, the further she wanted to branch out and tackle a more diverse range of subjects.
That’s what happens with passionate people; they are constantly growing. Passionate people don’t like to stagnate; they have a yearning desire within their soul to be ever maturing and moving towards new and greater heights in life. Just as a mountain climber seeks greater challenges with each new climb; passionate people are driven to keep looking over the crest of the next mountain to see what lies ahead.
I can’t believe that in less than a week I will be in Madison, Wisconsin! Wow! I’d love to have coffee with you if you live in the area. And I hope you’ll come back tomorrow and all this week as I talk about meter men, mothers, fathers, professors and everyone else I met in Philadelphia!
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