Hello, students of Over-Committed University! And yes, I say that lovingly. No matter our majors, we are overwhelmingly committed to what we do. We spend hours in the practice rooms, in labs and up late on our laptops. We pay ridiculous sums of money to be here. So we’d better be committed.
The word “Commit” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “to obligate or pledge oneself.” It’s a respectable quality. But, in the midst of all our commitment, we sometimes forget a crucial part of why we are here.
Passion is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.”
So, commitment without passion is simply an obligation. But when passion is added, desire drives commitment. Isn’t that spectacular?
We do, of course, have commitments and obligations to things about which we may not be passionate. But, to ignore what ignites our creativity and inspiration would be a tragedy. If we’re lucky, we might get to pursue a career that involves our passion. But maybe we don’t, or maybe we have other passions that fall outside of our career paths.
As an acting major, I am lucky to be pursuing one of my greatest passions. But, I would hate to completely commit myself to that and ignore my other passions. I freaking love dogs, for example. And if I can rescue a dog off the street, I will do anything and everything within my power to do so-and I have. I will always spend hours on birthday cards and go to equal rights rallies and parades. I have a passion for these things, and they make up who I am.
In short, it’s okay to fall in love. It’s wonderful, in fact. Fall in love with something or remember what you’re in love with, even if it seems small or ridiculous.
Go be wild and commit with passion.