Reignite Your Passion – Step Two

They say that if you’ve done something once, you can do it again. If you can remember how it felt, you can recapture the state you were in. Every time I go to a job interview I remember how great it feels to walk into that room and just nail it. Yes, it can be nerve-racking, but I’ve succeeded at this before and I know I can do it again. In other words, I was passionate once, I can be passionate again.

For me, my passion for writing first set my world aflame when I was 14. It started with a trip to New York where I saw Les Mis for the first time and was utterly enraptured by Enjolras. My biggest fictional love (again, only 14) and the first time I fell in love with a Frenchman. I dove into the French Revolution, Enlightenment Philosophy, the Romantics, and I was utterly lost in my most passionate dreamworld. Fast forward to age 15 and enter a real live Frenchman. By the next year my passion was gone.

Enjolras Les Misérables

I felt like myself again for a while when I was 31 and fell in love with another Frenchmen, but the feeling didn’t last long enough.

Fast forward to last autumn, age 39, when my son introduced me to Hamilton. No more Frenchmen, but back to musicals and the outcome of the Enlightenment.

So I can tell from this that I have to either:

a) Fall in love with a Frenchman

b) Listen to musicals – preferably taking place in the 18/19th century.

Now, I don’t think I have much chance of Option A. It rather puts a dampener on a potential relationship if you have to ask, ‘Are you French? No? Move along. You’re not the one I’m looking for.’

But Option B is something I can do every day. Sometimes on the sidelines, sometimes taking centre stage, but it’s what I need to put myself back in super-passionate-my-life-is-on-fire mode.

You need to think about what puts you into that passionate state. What are you thinking, listening to, telling yourself? If you can crack that formula, you should be able to put yourself right back in that state.

Yes, something is lost, but if you can remember what used to put you right into the zone, you can find it again. If diving into cookbooks ignites you, then do that. If running through woods gives you that feeling, lace up your shoes and go. If cleaning, organising, building LEGO does it for you, then go and do it.

Something sparked that passion once. Something can spark it again.

For me, I’m going to listen to Les Mis and do some editing.

Author: Eva O'Reilly

Writer, avid reader, large dog lover, cake baker and Francophile. Living in hope of finding either a literary agent or a large audience on Amazon.

10 thoughts on “Reignite Your Passion – Step Two

  1. To tell you the truth, one of your inspirational posts opened my mind to my present project, if you remember. So if you wouldn’t mind just hanging out, with your positivity for a few months…

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  2. I am passionate about Les Mis. I am obsessed with the musical. Began with the movie, eventually seeing the stage show for the first time in 2013 and after that saw it four more times including once in the West End. Did watch the film of the 25th anniversary concert. Read the unabridged book. There is something about this epic, powerful, highly emotional, passionate, and inspiring musical that makes this musical special. The songs are brilliant, the characters are so complex and their lives are so interconnected that they directly and indirectly impact each others lives, the storyline so heartbreaking and musical. But still it is hard to describe why it is so special.

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    1. It is – getting through the book is almost a masterpiece in its own right. I struggled with it so much the first time I read it, just when I was really getting into it there was a fifty page essay on convent life or Parisian slang 🙂 But I’m on my second copy so clearly I made it through. Many many many times.
      I’m seeing it again in London this summer for the first time in years and I just can’t wait.
      The film I almost walked out on three times – I won’t even let my son watch it 😀

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      1. I LOVE Les Mis. Favorite book, favorite musical, favorite soundtrack although Hamilton might take that place…Unfortunately, Les Mis no longer playing here in the states (I’ve seen it three times but I would definitely murder to see it a fourth time). I’m jealous you get to see it in London!

        And yes, I has such high hopes for the movie. Even went to the theater to see it. I cried because it was so bad.

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      2. Both the book and musical are brilliant in their own way. In the book, I struggled with getting through the tangents. I just wanted to get back to the plot. I did read the abridged book of Les Mis, but felt like something was lacking and eventually read the unabridged. I read the unabridged the same summer I saw the musical in the West End.

        I remember being in high school discovering the genre of tragedy. I was so close-minded to that genre that I ignored it and pushed it far back no wanting any tragic story to enter. I thought I would always hate tragedies in literature or theatre. Turns out I was so wrong when Les Mis became such a meaningful part of my life.

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