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I have a few passions, but maybe my most important passion is my extreme desire to pet and love on every sweet pup I meet on the street.

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Tyler, I wholeheartedly agree! I won't list my passions, as they are many, but just mention one...in my house, it's Manchester United! 🎉 I watch all the Premier League games too...so now when we play Liverpool again, I will know who roots for them, while I root for the opposition....all in good fun, with big love! ❤️

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My favorite line from Hamilton is “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what will you fall for?” And it speaks exactly to this. To the dangers of going through life unaware of or unwilling to speak about what drives you and what ground you stand firm on. For me, I find it easier to trust those with strong passions and beliefs. You know who that person is and what they stand for. Whether or not it’s the same passions as me, I can respect and admire that person’s dedication to whatever it is they choose. It’s those who, as you said, “walk the Goldilocks line” that become hard to read and understand, because you don’t know where they stand. I love passionate people. They remind you what it is to live.

Lately, I’ve been working hard to discover new passions and dedicate more time to existing ones. I’ve discovered a new love of yoga, I’ve finally found more time to read again (specifically Kristin Hannah books), I still cry at every other episode of One Tree Hill, folk/acoustic music makes me feel alive, I joined an adult beginners ballet class recently that has filled me with so much joy, and as for the big passions that make change, I’ve dedicated years of my life (through both friendships and now work) to helping people to get more comfortable with learning who they are and overcoming their fear of expressing that. Nothing fills me more than a late night conversation with a friend who is finally coming around to sharing what’s on their heart. I’ve got a lot of feelings I carry with me each day and I love helping others find beauty and strength in their own.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately of the concept of ‘ikigai’ and finding one’s passions. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, before work and child rearing, I recall wanting to live by my many passions. Over the years, they got put on the back burner and faded. With only one more year and a bit to go until retirement and with most of my parenting done, I am excited to look forward to the next phase of my life journey, to discover new or rediscover old passions.

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I love this. Yes, yes, yes🩷💜. We need so so much more PASSION in this world.

My passions include working with children, teaching them what I can and offering my best light to them.🔆🔆

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Apr 10, 2023·edited Apr 10, 2023

This is gorgeous and I am with you 100%. I am passionate and nerdy obsessed with many a thing. I don't really follow sports...but there are some music artists I get passionate about in the same way! One example being...Taylor Swift. I know there are some others in this group that are Swifties too! I am a die-hard fan. I get pretty freakin' passionate about music, movie, and TV shows. I can become completely immersed in a fictional TV world. Honestly most things in life that I do, I do with passion. If I love something, I dive deep. I'm an all-in kind of person when I love something. It makes life so much more worth living! Man, there is not enough time in the day to talk about passion. Let's do it more often. 😉

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I have a lot of passions, but I think the one I get judged for by others the most - which only makes me do it MORE - is writing fanfiction. That's how I met all of my current friend group, and we all obsess and scream about the same media - or get each other into the ones we love. I've been writing fanfiction for almost 20 years and it's brought me nothing but joy in spite of the weird looks I get when I say that yes, as an almost 30 year old, I love writing fanfiction (and the bullying it earned me in school).

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Sometimes!...when we aren't so injured. I'm watching a rather grim showing against Brighton as I write this...

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