During this entire month of November Bootsnall is inviting bloggers from around the world to participate in 30 Days of Indie Travel : a daily blogging effort to look back on our past travel experiences. Yes, I know I am posting out of order. Yesterday the topic was passion: what’s yours?
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Ben and I agree on this point. My son Andrew often tells me that I have a propensity to perceive things from a romanticized point of view. Conversely, my friend Suzee insists I have a rational, logical approach to life. So which is it?
I am keenly aware that gone unchecked, my passion for a life in Italy could consume me and morph into a full-blown addiction. It’s not that I want to discount my emotions in place of reason, but I believe – like the thin line between love and hate – there is a fine balance that must be struck.
We dreamers don’t like to admit that passion can be a double-edged sword – both blessing and curse. In order to fulfill a dream, something has to give. “On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.”- Alexander Pope
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