This is my daughter in her happy place. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. Two million gallons of water and 17,000 animals representing over 750 species. Turtles, eels, a giant Pacific octopus, stingrays, puffins and blue poison dart frogs.
She loves them all.
She can tell you all about the feeding habits of the shark, explain how the coral reefs are being degraded, and discuss the harmful effects of plastic straws on both wildlife and the environment.
I guess you could say she has a passion.
And these days it seems we MUST have a passion. Every natural interest or aptitude is evidence of potential passion.
Honestly, I’m not all that impressed with passion. To me, it’s not imperative that my daughter find a passion.
My hope for her is that she finds peace.
Peace doing the things that delight her when her soul is most unburdened.
Some of us will have the good fortune to do what brings us peace every day of our lives. Others of us will choose to find peace in the things we have to do.
Passion is like an ember; it burns brightest as the fire starts to fade.
Peace is the cool and quiet stillness that endures.