Last week, we were visiting family and friends in Minnesota. It was great to get away, relax, visit, and see new things. When my husband first suggested going for 12 days, my gut reaction was instant panic at being gone for so long. Could I really be away from my glass art for that long? I survived.
However, I did start to wonder if what I once thought was a passion for my work was actually an addiction. I googled both of these terms:
- pas·sion. n. 1. A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger. 2. a. Ardent love. b. Strong sexual desire; lust. c. The object of such love or desire. (www.thefreedictionary.com/passion)
- ad·dic·tion. n. the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. (dictionary.reference.com)
Hmm, in all honesty, it is both and I am proud to admit it. It is wonderful to be able to be passionate and love something you are able to do regularly and enjoy it. And perhaps a side effect of passion is addiction because I enjoy creating and experimenting with glass so much that I become enslaved to the high I get as I open the kiln to see each new completed piece.
The good news is that I did succeed in being away from it for those 12 days, but the better news is that the change of scenery and new experiences generated many new ideas. We’ll see what pieces I create soon!
Have you thought about what you love to do and whether it is a passion or an addiction? Please share.
On a side note, I have always wanted to see a moose and for some reason they have always evaded me. While in Minnesota we went moose hunting and we found not one but two, a cow (female moose) and her baby. Yeah!!!