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“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the clarity of hatred, the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”

— Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Passion: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.

We all have a passion for something, whether we know it or not, we do. The best thing to do once we find our passion is to figure out a way to convey it, express it, show it. Music is often something that people find passion in. Whether it be the lyrics, the drum beat, the guitar solo, or the mixing of it all, almost anyone can find something beautiful to take away from a song. And that is exactly why music has become such a staple in our every day lives.

You might find your neighbor’s son’s band to be nothing but racket coming from the garage, but in reality that boy might very well be discovering who he is – yes, while giving you a headache – but still, he is becoming the man he will grow up to be. Or your daughter – maybe she doesn’t want to play the piano like she has been taking lessons to learn for the past four years. Perhaps she wants to give the guitar a try. Let her. Who knows, she could be the next Taylor Swift, or hey, it could be like that time she wanted to be an ice skater, but at least she’ll learn something new about herself. We all need to wander before we can discover, and that’s a fact.

Want to see a piece of history in the making? Support an up and coming band, Fire Eyed Cherry, as they take off on their journey just like every band before them and play their very first night club show. This band of college students began a few years ago as a bunch of kids messing around with one very important thing in common: their love for music. Chris Salazar, the lead guitarist, writes most of their music based on personal experiences, and the band recently co-wrote their first song. Elora Manzo, the group’s vocalist offers a range that many young singers could not be expected to reach while the talented Ricardo Barragan adds in rhythm guitar, Francisco Huesca backs it all up on bass, and James Beard claims to only be a temporary drummer, adding a beat to it all.

Fire Eyed Cherry will be playing at Avalon in Santa Clara, California on November 21st, 2010. This is a band that you will want to be able to say you’ve seen live, so hurry and buy your tickets online now at www.aftonshows.com/fireeyedcherry .

 

Other Resources:

Official Site: www.fireeyedcherry.yolasite.com

ReverbNation Site: http://www.reverbnation.com/chrissalazar

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Published August 04, 2005
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Have you recently gone through some dramatic and transformative changes in your life? Whether these changes are related to your job, relationships, or spirituality, the shift has taken some getting used to and you need something positive to focus on. You enjoy a lot of different pastimes, but you really want to devote yourself to something you simply love doing. How do you find your passion? Perhaps just as important, how do you turn that passion into something meaningful and substantial in your life? Find out now…
  
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
 
A passion in life isn’t something you’re born with. It’s cultivated by your interests, what stimulates you and what you are genuinely excited about. But what if you want to pursue many avenues and just don’t know which one you’d be the most successful at or want to invest the most time in? Or what if nothing particularly lights the proverbial fire under your bottom, but you have a lot of energy that you could devote to something? Or maybe you’re stuck in a job you despise, but don’t know what other route to take that would truly be fulfilling.
 
Don’t fear. We have plenty of ideas to get your creative juices flowing to find your passion and make something worthwhile of it.
 
Answer these Questions
Answering the following questions is a great exercise in deciding where your passion may lie and what direction to go in. Write down your answers and look for a common theme. Your passion might be so obvious that it jumps right off of the page.
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • What did you want to be when you were a child?
  • If money were no object, what would you want to do?
  • What do you daydream about or think about during downtime?
  • How do others perceive you?
  • List five things you really enjoy doing and five things you’re really good at.
  • Name one thing you’ve always dreamed about doing but never told anyone about.

 

Look Around
Your passion could be right under your nose, but you just might not be in tune with it. Watch out for signs or for moments that inspire you or move you.
 
It might come in the form of a movie, a human interest story from a newspaper or neighbor, or a great ending to a great book. Go through your closet or look through old photo albums. You may have simply “stored” away memories of any passions or inspirations you had as a child or before you were married, had children or started in the work force.
 
Once you’re aware of everything around you, finding your passion might be easier than you originally thought.
  
Network
You know networking is a great tool to use in job hunting, but it’s also ideal to use to help find your passion and turn that passion into a productive endeavor. Let people in on your passion and dreams: They’ll become more of a reality the more you talk about them, and when an opportunity pops up that relates to that passion, they’ll let you know!
 
If the passion you’ve discovered has to do with a dream job, keeping the lines of communication open with all sorts of people will only increase your chances of pursuing your passion and achieving a goal.
  
Get Involved
Getting involved in volunteer projects is a fantastic way to test the passion waters. Start out by volunteering with one group. It can be at a soup kitchen, animal rescue group or reading to children at the library for an hour.
 
Really begin to feel what it means to do something positive for someone else – many people associate their passion with service. They feel it’s their purpose and their calling. Volunteer where you are drawn to, and then volunteer with something at the opposite end of your passion spectrum.
 
The more projects you’re able to experience, the more your imagination will be sparked.
 
Reach for the Stars
Nobody can live your life for you – your destiny is in your hands. If you’ve found your passion, you’re already on your way. If you’ve found a passion that seems a little more intangible than others, give it some serious thought, but don’t be afraid to go for it.
 
Too many people don’t follow their passion because they let the possibility of failure stop them before they even try. How will you know if things are possible if you don’t put yourself out there? Be proactive, reach for the stars and turn your passion into something productive and meaningful that will enrich your life and the lives of others.

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