While my grandson and my daughter went to the University of Kentucky basketball game last night (KY beat Eastern Michigan 90-38), I got to entertain my four-year-old granddaughter. I asked Meredith what she wanted to do, and she said, “I want to go to the toy store and buy a car.”
Okay, I was thinking a little Barbie car. I can handle that. But as soon as we walked into the toy store, she had one thing on her mind—the “big” cars.
Watching her play, reminded me so much of her mother. As a child, Lynn wanted to drive more than anything in the world. She didn’t care where, and she didn’t care what. She just wanted to drive.
Going back another generation, I remember all I wanted to do was tell a story. I conjured up characters and scenes and spent hours in my make-believe romance world. Years later, my stories no longer slosh around in my head. They spill out onto the page. And Lynn, well, she thinks nothing of driving 160 miles round trip to take her son to a basketball game!
Are things we love doing as children indicators of our adult passions? I don’t know, I don’t think passion is enough. You have to work at something to be good at it no matter how much natural talent you have.
In a blog post, Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, said:
“Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own. You may or may not realize it yet, but how you use or don’t use your time is going to be the best indication of where your future is going to take you.
"Let me make this as clear as possible:
- When you work hard at something you become good at it.
- When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.
- When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it.
- When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.
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Happy writing & running, Kathy