“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’” — Jack Kerouac
Another entry for the Rocket City Bloggers Year-Long Blogging Challenge: What are you passionate about?
What am I passionate about?
Doing my tiny part to put human footprints in the dust of another world. • Enabling someone to get on stage and make people laugh, a lot. • Making my nieces and nephew laugh. • Inspiring someone toward one of those moments where they realize that God is much much bigger than we think. • Telling a story in a way that gets someone excited about something it never occurred to them to be excited about. • Writing words that succeed in saying something I really want to say. • Helping someone I love realize she’s capable of something she didn’t know she could do. • Seeing the world from a slightly different perspective than I’ve seen it before. • Sharing that perspective with someone who’s never had the opportunity to see it. • Heading up a mountain with my hiking stick in my hand. • Hearing a song that resonates through my heart like a tuning fork. • Returning to those places where my soul knows exactly where I am. • Living a moment with friends that I know I’ll be reliving for a long time to come.
Those sorts of things.
“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situtation you believe to be the will of God.” — Jim Elliot
“Get absolutely enthralled with something. Throw yourself into it with abandon. Get out of yourself. Be somebody. Do something.” — Norman Vincent Peale
“Catch on fire with enthusiasm, and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” — John Wesley
“It is a remarkable thing that some of the most optimistic and enthusiastic people you will meet are those who have been through intense suffering.” — Warren Wiersbe
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
“What you risk reveals what you value.” — Jeanette Winterson
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world nees is people who have come alive.” — Gil Bailie
“I don’t want to survive. I want to live!” — Caption of the Axiom, “WALL•E”
“In a world full of people, only some want to fly. Isn’t that crazy?” — Seal