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Passion is a distinct characteristic that not every person has the opportunity to experience. When one is said to have passion, that means that this person is driven and full of enthusiasm. Passion can be expressed in many different ways, and in many different situations.
The dictionary has several definitions for the word “passion.” Passion is described as a powerful emotion, such as love, hate, joy, or anger. Anyone can be joyful, but when someone is passionately joyful, it takes the meaning of “joyful” to a whole new level. A person can “fly into a passion,” meaning they are experiencing intense rage and emotion. The television show “Passions” revolves around all of these emotions, therefore incorporating its title into every episode it airs. The second dictionary definition of the word “passion” elaborates much more on the powerful emotion of love.
The word “passion” also refers to undying love, sexual desire, and lust. When a relationship between two people is said to be passionate, it means that they are madly, deeply in love with one another. It can also be mutual sexual desire and lust between two people who may or may not be in love with one another. An unknown individual quoted the following statement: “Passion is not having sex; passion is making love forever.”
A person described as “passionate” is generally very motivated, enthusiastic, and full of life. Companies involved with advertising are incessantly looking to recruit passionate people, because their enthusiasm affects a potential customer’s decision positively in the company’s favor. F.M. Foster summarized this thought quite well when he said, “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”
Passion can also be the object of one’s enthusiasm. When a particular item or activity is one’s “passion”, it becomes not just something they like to do, but rather a part of them as a person. If a boy is passionate about hockey, it means that he lives, breathes, and sleeps hockey. It means that he spends a great deal of time not only playing hockey, but also thinking about hockey. A person’s greatest “passion” is that person’s obsession; it is, at least in their eyes, their purpose in life.
A life without passion would be a life without purpose. The absence of passion means the absence of love, joy, and excitement; it also means the absence of hatred, spite, and anger. Life without passion would be meaningless, empty, and boring. Henri Fredric Amiel perhaps said it best in the following statement: “A man without passion is only a latent force, only a possibility, like a stone waiting for the blow from the iron to give forth sparks.” Life is full passion, and without it, there would be no quality of life.