I feel like I have known Ty forever, but in reality I think we have only been friends for five years. I met him via the illustrious #usguys tribe on Twitter, for which I am thankful. Everything Ty says below explains why I wanted to highlight him, but what he doesn’t talk about is how he works tirelessly on behalf of No Kid Hungry. It is a great cause and he does a great job pushing the message without being pushy. Here are Ty’s answers to the magical six questions 🙂
1. How do you define “passion”?
Passion is that euphoric moment when the universe, your private universe mind you, balances its self due to an action that completes you has been accomplished. It’s a warmth that takes control of our bodies and minds when something we know is a part of our chemical make up is satisfied.
2. What is your passion?
My passion is singing, making others feel good, making humans smile and making someone feel like they just had a WOWnderful moment are several of mine. To limit ourselves to one passion is robbing ourselves of so many chances to elevate our body and minds need to pacify the passion in us all.
3. How did you know that this was a passion and not just a passing interest?
These are things that are just who am I am. Now, clearly we go through moments of fleeting passions like collecting items that give us joy (baseball cards, Star Trek things, rose petals in between book pages) but they all fulfill the passion. As long as we keep our core passionate items it’s OK to add to it and subtract to it as is it all comes into play with each other internally.
4. How do you make sure you follow your passion and nurture it?
I practice it everyday. I make it a part of my routine. Actually “make it” and “practice” is more chore sounding when it comes to passions. I allow myself to do these things that are my passion so that I feel whole. I do this by hosting a comedy formatted trivia gig twice weekly so I can get out there, show who I am and make people smile and feel good through humor and connecting with them. Making them part of an experience through humor and challenging the mind. Also, a day doesn’t go by that I don’t do something that gives back to the universe through a good deed. It can be as simple as re-posting a project a friend on social media is passionate about or stopping to make sure the homeless person you see daily has a buck or a soup.
5. What is your advice to other people who are trying to find or follow their passion?
We all have something that floats our boat. something that gives us a hint of joy. If you are unsure how to channel your passion take some quiet time to sit and reflect on it.
Start a slideshow in your mind of all the things you like to do, things you like to engage in and see how your body reacts as those images pass through your mind. Did your lips grin a little on one particular one? Did your heart race a bit more on another? If they did then hit “save” on them mentally and those are things that you are probably very passionate about.
6. Anything else you want to say?
Passion is what keeps us alive. So many people feel passionless or that they don’t have anything to be passionate about and that can be a recipe for issues that may need further addressing to avoid depression and other darker things and places.
Find your passion and find others who share in that same passion as it leads to community, safety and most of all LOVE.