Am I in too deep? Have I lost my mind? Hero – Enrique Iglesias
Losing control, fueled by a passion for life or love, grabs your heart when you least expect it. You weren’t looking for it, but it was looking for you.
And when it finds you, you are totally screwed.
It’s a passion so strong that no amount of reasoning will tame it. Like a lion focused on its prey, the heart attacks the mind and shreds it to pieces so small that what was once your sanity is now completely unrecognizable.
Passion is the drug that writers and film directors use to lure us into the stories they weave.
We live vicariously through the characters they create and imagine the possibilities that await us if we relinquish our fears and let our hearts have their way with us.
But while the lure and temptation of the heart’s calling is a blessing beyond the material trappings life has to offer, the passion it awakens is not always good for us, or for those caught up in the madness with us.
Unrequited or not, we must learn the steps to the difficult dance of passion if we want it to last forever.
Letting go completely has its place. But unbridled passion must be tempered with moments of clarity, and knowing that letting passion have its way with you can hurt you more than it can further your growth.
To trash an otherwise perfect life for the sake of the unknown is the stuff that movies are made of. But life can’t be placed into a neat, 90-minute package with a happy ending.
It’s what happens beyond the closing credits that matters most. While you imagine the story will continue happily ever after, there are no guarantees that it will.
Life simply doesn’t work that way. Sometimes the ugly side of passion — jealousy, envy, anger — will turn on you so quickly, that nothing you do will ever put Humpty Dumpty together again.
Never Play It Safe
I am by no means advocating a life of playing it safe.
Losing control in a controlled way is something you should welcome when life awakens passion within you. Passion is the juice that helps you thrive on days when the status quo threatens to suck the life out of you.
It’s also nice knowing that parts of you that you thought were dormant forever were gently awoken, and can never be put to sleep again.
But there’s one crucial caveat: You cannot awaken passion at will.
That’s why you should never, ever dismiss someone who awoke passion within you. To do so is to deny the Creator’s greatest gift.
Secondly — but as important — don’t let fear come between you and that gift. Think long and deep before running away from passion and back to your safe zone.
Passion will take your breath away. But it will always make sure you have enough oxygen to keep breathing.