I received some disappointing news this week. At first I was very disappointed but then I remembered my belief that everything happens for a reason. I decided to take the lemons and do my best to make lemonade. Of course, I had my little 4-year-old temper tantrum inside my own head that we all do, but I've moved on, because it's really the only choice when faced with disappointment.
I was told that the person who was hired for the position had more experience, which is probably true. Then a good friend reminded me that experience is great, but passion can't be taught. It's true.
The idea that passion is from within is real and true. When you speak with someone who has passion for something, it's radiant. My oldest daughter has been a music lover since she was 3 years old. I'm pretty sure she was singing before she was even talking. She would dance around the living room and sing her heart out. I always knew she had talent. She loved to perform her "Glory of Love" number in the livingroom with the movie "Beaches" playing in the background. Her No. 1 passion in life has always been music.
When it came time in her academic career to choose a path for college, of course she wanted to do something in the music field. She came to me one day and said she wanted to be a music teacher. Knowing what I did from my time on the school board, I was nervous for her. Finding a job as a music teacher was going to be a challenge. But her drive, her passion wasn't swaying and I watched her chart her course. I went to every concert and show that I could attend. I sat in awe of my daughter's passion. She knew what she wanted and was going for it. Nothing stood in her way. She graduated last May and is actively applying her skills in trying to land her first job as a music teacher. Kudos to her for never wavering.
Most people don't know what they want to be when they grow up. Many I've met went to school thinking they would do something and ended up choosing an entirely different career. My passion changed from being a lawyer, to being a teacher, to marketing, and finally business management. Then, sometime, around three to four years ago, my focus changed to community. Moving around so much as a child, I never had a place to call home; now I do. Derry is my home. I love this community. I have such passion to see us succeed. I want to do everything and anything I can to get Derry on the map and get us positive attention. It's become my passion and it can't be taught.
I fought my daughter's passion for a period of time while she was growing up and I regret it now. I'm so proud of the young woman she's become and I'm even more proud of her ambition to follow her dreams. Experience is great. Education is great. But to have passion and drive – that's what makes life worth living. Figuring that out, what your excitement for life is. It's like winning the lottery. Some are fortunate to find it early and for some it takes a little longer. Never give up. Never stop working to reach deep within to find out what it is. Once you find it, if you're lucky enough to find a career that feeds your soul, you'll never work a day in your life.