Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What's Your Passion?

For me writing is a passion—an intense need to put the words to paper and create stories. Everyday my fingers tingle with the desire to type on the keyboard. Creating real, full, and three-dimensional characters who speak to me, as well as the worlds they live in, is what I live for.

I love my job. I love it even on the days when I can’t find the right words and have a blinding desire to toss the computer against the wall. It’s a part of me, as natural as breathing.

But my life is about to change significantly. My husband and I are adopting a baby boy from South Korea. Soon, my world will be filled with diapers and pacifiers. And I couldn’t be happier. I want to be a mom more than anything.

Only it makes me wonder, where will this leave my writing? My husband and I are creating a plan to make it all work. Yet there are many friends and family members who don’t understand my need to write. They think if I don’t have time for it, it won’t be a huge loss. They make offhanded comments like, “Oh, you won’t need that anymore. You’ll have a baby!”

But won’t I make a better mommy, a more whole and complete parent to my son, if I am fulfilled? Won’t I be a more giving and gracious mom if I write, than if I have that passion still burning in me unsatisfied?

I hope to find a way to do both and to pass my love of books onto my baby. I hope to make him see that your work, indeed your life, can be filled with passion and a love of what you do. I believe that is the best lesson I can give him.

Are you living your passion? Do you love what you’re doing? Or do you burn to try a new genre or to write that memoir? Give it a try! You never know where that path will lead. In the end, passion is what it’s all about.

Renee

www.reneeknowles.com

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8 comments:

Desirée Lee said...

Congratulations on the new addition coming in to your family!

I understand where you are coming from. Writing IS a passion! It is a need!

Passion is obvious. Your son will surely see how much writing means to you.

Read, read, READ to him! Every day! Every night!

I was a very ill child from the start. To keep me in bed and resting, my parents plied me with tons of books and read to me all the time. (that was long before I had my own tv!) Because of their diligence, I started reading when I was two years old.

OK so I wasn't reading full novels then, but I could read letters and some of the words.

I have never been thankful for my health problems, but I am thankful for all that reading my parents did. It lit the spark. My voracity for books has grown exponentially over the years.

Carpe Noctem,
Des

Desirée Lee
Putting the Romance Back in Necromancy
http://www.desireelee.com
des@desireelee.com

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Renee,
I am sure you will be able to fit your writing around your new little bundle of joy. In fact, I would go to say that you will be able to write even better than before. Nothing like being in love with a new man, in this case a "new little man" to stimulate your writing taste buds (passion).
I am so thrilled for both you and your husband.
All the best
Margaret Tanner
http://www.margarettanner.com/

Ginger Simpson said...

You'll make a wonderful mom! Congratulations, Renee.

Ginger

Tiffany James said...

Renee,

Congratulations on the addition to your family!

As a mom with three children (14, 8 and 6), I did put my passion on the back burner for awhile. In fact, I wasn't even sure what my passion was! I love my kids and I love being a mom, but right, wrong, indifferent, something was missing for me. I tried to ignore it, but the yearning wouldn't go away. I fell into a depression and was a shadow of my former vibrant, enthusiatic self...but then I found writing. Wham! Suddenly I had something to work toward of my own, something to fuel the passion that only I (not my kids, husband, friends) could satisfy. My kids and my husband have all said that, even though I might not have as much time with them as before, the time I do spend with them is more enjoyable. They have all said that I am a happier, more joyful person now that I am writing. And I think that is an amazing lesson for my kids (and me). :0)

I think it is about balance and that balance is not just day-in and day-out. Some weeks are really busy with family and kid stuff, some with writing stuff. I just try to make sure that I am aware of the overall big picture!

Best of luck. I know you will be a wonderful mom!

Tiffany

Renee Knowles said...

Hi Des!

Thanks for stopping by!Wow. Reading at 2? How cool is that? I mean I know having health problems must have been difficult, but it looks like your passion grew from that.

Thanks for your comment :)

Renee
www.reneeknowles.com

Renee Knowles said...

Hi Margaret!

Thanks for all the good wishes. We can't wait to bring our little guy home!

Renee
www.reneeknowles.com

Renee Knowles said...

Thanks, Ginger! And thanks so much for opening up your blog this week!

Renee
www.reneeknowles.com

Renee Knowles said...

Tiffany! Hi, GF! You are so right about the balance part! I will have to learn it, I think.

And your story is very inspiring. It's great to hear how you found that one thing of your own and the joy it obviously brings you.

Thanks for the comment :)

Renee
www.reneeknowles.com

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