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Passion - Quick Blurb

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2007/06/12 03:34:13 (permalink)

Passion - Quick Blurb

Got a positive comment on this in my journal, so seeing as I'm bored, figured I'd post it to see what everyone thinks of it. This is a short piece on passion I wrote for one of my classes.



Metallica summed up my approach to life with their song, “Nothing Else Matters” – “So close, no matter how far. Couldn’t be much more from the heart. Forever, trust in who you are, and nothing else matters. Never opened my self this way, life is ours we live it our way. Oh these words I don’t just say, and nothing else matters.”

What makes me happy? I get up early every morning and go to co-op. That doesn’t make me happy. I sit in a crowded cafeteria for lunch. That doesn’t do it. I go to classes. Not yet. Then on a good day, I have a great dinner. That’s pretty damn good, but not quite what I’m looking for out of life. On the weekends I might play poker, which is fun, but I don’t love it. I like to fish, camp, hike, drink, hang out with friends, but none of that stuff really gets me going. I could take it or leave it.

In fact, there’s only one thing that truly makes me happy. I don’t mean a satisfied “that was good”, or even a feeling of being pleased with myself; in fact, most of the time I’m not pleased with myself. My passion is powerlifting, and it’s as much an addiction as it is a hobby. I eat all day. I eat food I’m not particularly fond of, and a ton of it. I go to bed early. I break down my body bit by bit all the time. I spend tons of money on equipment/food/competitions. I burn countless hours reading about it, watching videos, and talking to other lifters. If it wasn’t for powerlifting I would probably be getting amazing grades in school, have a lot more money, and be a more sociable person. I’d take powerlifting over all of it.

It’s hard to describe what passion really is. People ask how you could give up your life for lifting. In my mind, lifting is just living spelt right. I’m not giving up my life to lift, giving up lifting would be giving up my passion, and can a passionless life even be considered a life at all?

In my opinion passion is something you would give up anything for. Some people call it obsession, I call it passion. I spend many sleepless nights thinking about it. I spend many bored classes at school daydreaming about it. I spend many empty days working form. I spend loads of my free time doing extra workouts to bring up weak points. I haven’t felt “comfortable” in years; something is always sore. I’d rather hit a squat personal record then get into the college of my choice. I’d rather meet Louie Simmons then any celebrity. Nothing means more to me.

I’m fully aware that if I do work towards my potential in this sport I could have a short lived life. I’d rather have 50 years of heaven then 80 years of boredom. I have sacrificed so much for this sport, and would give 100x what I have to be great. I drove down to Bay City MI, only to be told a competition was cancelled. My Grandpa then told me “I just wanted to see you compete before I died”. I was broken down to tears. I’ve split my head open with a barbell, pulled a muscle in my back, and have long lasting, nagging injuries in my knees. It is all completely worth it.

My passion is what keeps me going. My passion is the reason I’m not morbidly obese. My passion is the reason I don’t spend all day doing drugs. My passion is the reason the best part of my week isn’t getting drunk.

Buck, and everyone in Pleasantville were brought to colour by passion, maybe if our society was “brought to colour”, we wouldn’t have so many problems.

“Every drop of blood, every bitter tear, every bead of sweat, I live for this” – Hatebreed
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    Scott32
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 05:10:14 (permalink)
    Dude thats deeeeep, great post though i totally understand were your coming from i will do everything i can to get what i want out of bodybuilding that being to be best.

    Its a pitty very few people understand the way in which we live, the way we are and the way we want to be

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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 11:17:46 (permalink)
    that was a great read. the bit about your grandad brought a tear to my eye. it did make me realise how little people do understand anybody that loves the gym...be it power lifters or body builders. at the end of the day whichever a person chooses they still have to give up a lot to do well...be it for personal goals or for competetive.
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 11:19:34 (permalink)
    Yeah, I like it

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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 13:52:28 (permalink)
    Thanks guys, means a lot
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    AdamSimpson
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 13:55:41 (permalink)
    wow man... im pretty sure if i hada read that this time last year, id be handing that in tommorow as an english essay

    You are not your Job
    You're not how much money you have in the Bank
    You're not the car you Drive
    You're not the contents of your Wallet
    You're not your ****in Khakis
    You are the all singing all dancing crap of the World.
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 13:58:14 (permalink)
    are you bored?
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 14:05:53 (permalink)
    spot on cricket_fire

    ORIGINAL: Scott32


    Its a pitty very few people understand the way in which we live, the way we are and the way we want to be


    also spot on scott
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 16:53:45 (permalink)
    Thanks fellas

    Clat - I wrote it for my English class a little while ago
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    theiopener
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 16:58:45 (permalink)
    in essence life without passion is like a body without a soul
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 17:05:57 (permalink)
    What grade did you get for that?
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 20:43:37 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: CheekyChappie

    What grade did you get for that?

    I believe I got 90% - We were supposed to relate whatever we wrote about to the movie "Pleasantville", and since I barely did that, he could give me 100 hahaha
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 23:23:33 (permalink)
    Nice read that mate
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/12 23:33:30 (permalink)
    lifting is just living spelt right.


    Well done mate, I especially liked the bit above

    Look after your body,it is the greatest thing you will EVER own----Bazil Baines

    Dodging the rain and bullets since 1966.
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    RE: Passion - Quick Blurb 2007/06/13 02:47:53 (permalink)
    THanks guys
    ORIGINAL: H20

    lifting is just living spelt right.


    Well done mate, I especially liked the bit above

    I should state this one isn't mine haha, saw it in someone's msn name, thought it fit well
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