Interesting Interests

            

y relationship with words ranges from the very sound of them strung together with the noise that they make ringing in harmonization or orchestrated opposition; it involves the interconnected progression of words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages arranged in a manner that leads the reader from once upon a time to the end; or it simply allows me the freedom to develop a fascination with meanings – how words hit me or affect me based on what I feel about their meaning and the time in which they occur in my writing life.

                Developing this relationship with words and their meanings leads me to write word-rants on the occasion when a particular word pops into my mind with some blaring significance or emphasis based on life as it goes on around me or the events associated with that time. I welcome them as sign posts along my writing journey because it keeps me close to my passion for the written word and allows me to explore deeper meanings often connected with my heart, and even my very soul, and in any case, so much more than just the dictionary definition.      

                This is my interest – an important part of me – my life – and it is a necessity that enfolds me, contains me, amuses, bemuses, and simply provides me with fodder for interpreting, sharing, and recording my feelings. My overly emotional muse directs my ideas and I am but the vessel through which these words flow, from the creative world into a world of reality. And in the exploration of my interest come the very word and its implications, as I see it.

                The word  `interest`, to me, suggests with its variations and combinations something of greatness because it can hold our attention by creating a connection between you and something outside of you – it can range from a mere “like“ to a deep felt “passion“. Without interest, there really is nothing.

                Think of all the things you like – they interest you, they are interesting, they have a reciprocal interest in you even if it only means they draw your interest to them. People. Places. Things. Hobbies. Jobs. Without interests in one`s life, it`s like staring at a blank page with an awesome idea and no pen; or possessing a favorite novel without light to read by. And, just as limiting is a singular interest and the unthinkable – what if you are faced with a situation where you are unable to partake and pursue in the pleasure that single interest offers you. What occupies your mind, your time; what holds your interest then. Sometimes this can be enough to challenge a person`s very desire to live – and if this mindset takes hold, what hope is there to draw any interest in anything at all. An inability to indulge in your passion can pull a hope from anyone easily distracted by despair.

                My relationship with interests is full and bountiful, but I recommend the following in order to cultivate your own:

·         Narrow your interests so you aren`t stretched to just try so many things that you don`t develop a passion, or cultivate that which is innately a part of you. Discover natural talents for most certainly these are gifted passions.

·         Widen your narrowed interests. As a creative person, I eliminated all those crafty things that draw time away from what I really wanted to do. My focus within my interest was filed down to include a heavy emphasis on writing and to a lesser degree, all types of artwork. You don`t have to do everything, just because you can – unless in your youthful, energetic discovery stage you try everything, just to say you did.

·         Be interesting. Stay in the know, keep on learning, search out information useful to your area of interest and this will also provide subject matter to share.

·         Be interested. Interaction is an important part of your life and a meaningful relationship with others that enables you to share means also to receive their sharing.

It has been my experience that my triad – learn, share, create – encompasses all the aspects of my particular interest and this allows me the diversity to explore within that interest. It is wide enough to give me change but also narrow enough to let me focus on a defined structure. It is never too late to discover your passion and hone in on those interests that captivate and energize you.

The saddest thing is to be faced with the possibility of never being able to do what it is you love to do – if it`s your only interest – and in some cases, your whole life – the question soon becomes “what am I going to do“ and then how long can you survive with disinterest in everything else.            

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  1. I agree whole heartedly – an interest should ‘expand’ as you encompass it. To discover the many facets of your interest, gives you the opportunity to hone your particular speciality. You can even develop an ‘off shoot’ of your main interest that becomes apparent whilst enjoying it.
    Keeping an open mind and being responsive enhances your interest in ways that were hidden until you embraced it.

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