White Hot and Passionate

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it al full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is not good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.

Ronald Dahl

In no particular order my white hot passions:

Running

Mental Health

Family

Eating Disorders

Lifting Weights

Cooking/Entertaining

Music

Part of perseverance is the constant discipline of trying to do things better, blending moments of deliberate practice that require you to stretch outside your comfort zone and apply all your effort to build the skills you need to master, with moments of flow that perfectly match your strengths to opportunity and allow for effortless performance.

-Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

 

Grit is about having an ‘ultimate concern’-a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.

-Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

Almost mid-July and I am beginning to remember why I love to run. Running is many things to me. It is fun. It is hard. I run with friends. I run by myself. I run because I need the quiet reassurance of footfalls and heartbeat. I run because sometimes it is the only outlet for my emotions, when I have a lack of words to put behind my feelings. I run to clear my head so that I CAN put words behind my emotions. I run to feel strong. I run to feel tired. I run deliberately. I run because I do have ultimate goals in mind. I run because training is a process for me that develops perseverance.

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