Wondering what you are passionate about? Look to the fun and entertainment you choose as clues to what moves you at a soul level.
A little more than a week ago, I went to see a production of the Broadway musical, RENT. This is an amazing show, now celebrating its 10th year on Broadway. The synopsis of the show is: “A rock opera that tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark (Anthony Rapp) and Roger (Adam Pascal), two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story.”
The show has developed a sort of cult following. When you see the show, it is clear that many members of the audience are not seeing it for their first time (there is one part of the show where the entire audience “moo-s” along with the character, Maureen). Admittedly, this was my third or fourth time seeing the show. The story is engaging, riveting, and touching. The music and voices are amazing – chill-generating even. It is a very high-energy, sometimes loud, rock musical. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
Now, I have always been someone who is incredibly moved by powerful performances, whether they be musical, theatrical, or dance. There’s something about the singer/actor/dancer’s ability to get up on that stage and be fully engaged in their passion; to share their love for it, not for a hoped response from their audience, but just because they must do it.
When I watch someone perform – someone who moves me – I am completely enraptured by what I am seeing – so much so you’d think I know the people up on that stage. The sense of connection I feel with them; the sense of pride I feel for them can sometimes move me to tears. Particularly, music. See someone singing a powerful number with beautiful lyrics, and you’ll most likely see tears coming down my face.
What does this mean? Perhaps I was a performer in a past life and can truly relate to the feeling of being on stage. Perhaps I dream of singing someday (although I care far too deeply about people to put them through that torture!). Perhaps I only need to recognize that these activities are incredibly soul-nurturing to me and I must make them an ongoing part of my life to keep my spirit soaring.
So, what do you love to do? What activities make your heart sing, so much so you feel right down to your toes? Without any sort of judgement, identify what those things are for you and make them a regular part of your world.