The word “passion or passionate” has different meanings depending on the context. The dictionary meaning is straightforward:
1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
2. strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
3. strong sexual desire; lust.
4. an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
5. a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
I personally can’t fit the words, passion and hate, in the same context. I don’t passionately hate someone or something. I have never experienced hate passion.
But I love the word “passion” passionately. We often use the word to describe a personal hobby like writing, playing music, painting, etc. You might say, painting is my passion or singing with the choir is my passion.
Powerful, compelling emotions or feelings can come from many sources. I believe there are only a few things we do where we give and receive the same compelling emotional feelings at the same time. Like being able to inhale and exhale simultaneously.
Example: If making music is “your passion” then playing music in a group like a string quartet can fill each of the four players with overwhelming emotions. Each player is playing something different and yet it’s blending, harmonizing and synchronizing. Each player must not only read his part, he/she must watch the others so the dynamics and timing are perfectly blended. All of their senses are inhaling and exhaling the emotional moment.
Let’s say you are playing cello in a symphony orchestra. You are beginning the final movement of Mahler’s 9th Symphony. This is such a flawless masterpiece of ethereal beauty and as a player your ears are receiving the incredible blending of strings surrounding you while you are pouring your own mix of beauty outward to join into this emotional powerful sound. You are inhaling and exhaling passion.
I have a buddy who has a passion for cars. When he hears the perfect tightness of the engine reacting to his wrench, who is to say he isn’t playing his own Mahler’s 9th?
Most other things that folks are passionate about are separate give and take. Sports are action and then reaction. Writing is only exhaling and reading is only inhaling; painting and sculpting the same.
Teachers can give and receive emotion simultaneously. It just doesn’t last long…short bursts of “they get it” and long bursts of “shut up.”
Dancing together, even line dancing if that is your passion, can bring about incoming and outgoing emotion. You perform individually which bring about that overwhelming sense of accomplishment and beauty while your partner or partners give you back that same intensity and beauty. It is basically physical and visual feelings in dance. Makin music is physical and auditory internalizations.
One other meaning:
Christianity gives a completely different meaning to “passion” and it brings to mind pain and suffering and death. (The Passion of the Christ) That meaning is only used for that circumstance.
What is your passion? When you get to do it, does it allow you to inhale and exhale the passion simultaneously?
Let me know; I’m curious.