Passion is an interesting emotion. It’s something that seems to be idealized by modern society, and, quite frankly, I think passion is an emotion that the vast majority of us seek.

Passion can be both good and bad.  Passion can drive us to achieve more, and passion can delude us from reality. Passion can bring fervor to a cause, and passion can  deliver unbelieveable vengeance. Passion must be coupled with a pragmatic spirit, because unbridled – the incredible emotion can consume us, override our logic, and push us to make decisions we would not otherwise make.

The trick of being passionate is to harness its energy and joy with a steady hand of reality and the practical consequences of that passion.

On this day before my 37th birthday, it’s a lesson I wish I had learned earlier and practiced more often in life.