Hello, it’s me again. Ronovan. Yep, it’s my week to host the Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge.
If you missed out on reading last week’s entries for the theme of Memories, click here to go there. And if you are a participant you really should be visiting all your fellow entrants.
It’s easy to join in:
This weeks theme is:
: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
: a strong feeling (such as anger) that causes you to act in a dangerous way
: a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone
“Follow your own passion – not your parents’, not your teachers’ – yours.” Robert Ballard
From Wikipedia: Robert Duane Ballard (born June 30, 1942) is a retired United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy‘s PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. He leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus.
Imagine if this quote was acted upon throughout the ages. Or even during our age. Too many of our young feel trapped by where they are. A great deal of that feeling is given by the older generations around them. “This is the way it’s always been.” “It’s tradition.” “Society won’t let us do no better.”
The truth is, society doesn’t care what you do, as long as you aren’t doing it any harm. I had another quote I was going to add and I think it goes along with having a passion and following it. I think it goes especially well with the state of the world today.
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Benjamin Franklin
Every person should have a passion, but that fire that fuels it can burn out of control and consume anything in its path. We must keep reason in control of the passion to give it direction and keep it on a clear and safe course..
See you in the comments!
Remember, Colleen and I alternate weeks here on her blog hosting the challenge.
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.