It's that feeling you just can't seem to explain. Your mind is consumed by the thought of something that excites you more than anything else, and yet you can't find the words to describe it. You probably never expected that it would come to mean so much to you. If anything, you didn't even enjoy it at first. So many things call for your attention everyday; friends, family, work, school. Sometimes it's hard to make time for anything else. But then you find it. Suddenly, your priority list has a new number one. You've fallen in love.
You've found your passion.
For some people, it's playing that first key. For others, it's finding the perfect recipe. For me, it was stepping onto the field alongside the people I've come to call my family away from home. This weekend marked my last competition in guard, and since the moment I walked off the floor, my mind has been flooded with memories of the past two and a half years. Thinking back to my first audition, I never would've imagined that guard would become such an important part of my life; I almost quit the second day. But last year, something changed. The lectures from my director turned into inspirational speeches. Dreaded rehearsals turned into the hours I wished would never end. And yet, most of you reading this either have no idea what guard is, or can't imagine why I'd choose to spend so much of my life spinning metal poles and wooden guns. But that's the exciting part...your passion is yours. It's your special thing, and no one can take that away from you.
Watching someone who is passionate about what they're doing is a truly amazing sight. Their smile lights up the room, and they have a kind of confidence you just can't fake. I aspire to become one of those people; I want to share my love with those around me, and inspire them to delve into their interests deeper than they ever have. I want to show people why I love what I do, so that maybe one person will feel the same spark I did, and follow my lead. Love, determination, passion; it's contagious. And the only thing more powerful than being passionate about something, is being surrounded by people who share the same passion as you.
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