What’s Your Personal Passion?Posted by Myra Cherchio on Oct 2, 2013 in Blog, Photography | 8 comments
Nearly 15 years ago, I vividly remember watching a show on Oprah about finding your passion. The audience was filled with blank faces. So many aimless women, all searching for the One Thing that would ignite them. There were a couple of feature stories shared by the lucky ones, who had somehow happened onto the thing that made them vibrant and energized.
Yes, I know that we all have many passions: our kids, jobs, and families. But frankly, I think it’s important to recognize these are all people we love. Whom we feel passionate about.
That’s totally different than your personal passion.
As I watched the program, I wondered what, exactly, was my passion? It was sad realization that I really didn’t have one. At least I didn’t have one that I had uncovered. I was passionless. Yet I felt it was in there somewhere.
Fast forward to 2005. Jake was three, and giving us a laugh a minute. I loved his face, and loved taking snapshots of his antics. I had an Olympus IS 3000, a sort of hybrid film SLR. But film was crazy expensive, and I wanted to try digital. On Halloween afternoon, we went for a walk around the block. As we were rounding the corner, the UPS truck was stopping at the house. I glanced at Michael to see a sly smile creeping over his face.
The UPS man left a box a box on the doorstep. I opened it to find a dream come true. It was an Olympus E500 with two kit lenses. Jake was already dressed up in his Bob the Builder costume for trick or treating. I coaxed him onto the front doorstep. I started snapping in P mode. The color! His expression! I had instantaneous feedback! It felt perfect in my hands. I found It!
Between 2005 and 2013, I’ve shot tens of thousands of photos. I feel most alive when I hold my camera. My senses are heightened, and I see things I would have never noticed without looking through the viewfinder.
I was lucky. Finding a personal passion doesn’t always “click” for everyone the way it did for me. For those of you who can count yourselves among a group of passionate photographers, I congratulate you. Creating beautiful images is an amazing legacy to leave your loved ones. If you haven’t found your passion, keep your eyes open. Look through your viewfinder as often as you can, and notice life’s details. One day, when you’re not expecting it, you might get lucky too.
What is your passion? Leave yours in the comments below.
Myra Cherchio is a “nearly native” Floridian, wife, mom and clinic director of a medical practice. She spends her free time with camera in hand, documenting her favorite memories with photos and journaling. Myra is a regular contributor to CaptureYour365.