On Passion

I want to talk about passion for a moment. I was thinking of this today when missing LA, and my community in LA, but also some little places of passion that people don’t normally consider.

Normally I cringe when I hear the word “passion,” or people talking about how you have to have passion to be a game developer. That’s because in a lot of these cases, the qualifications for having “passion” don’t seem to apply to folks who aren’t entirely healthy. So it makes me cringe because I am made to feel like I can’t ever really have passion because of chronic illness.

But that’s not what passion really is, of course, and when I encounter passionate people in day to day life, I always manage to leave feeling inspired and energized. So, I want to spend this post calling out some folks back in LA who embody “passion” to me (and plug their businesses in the act). None of these are game developers, or even entertainers for the most part, but they fill me with inspiration.

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2015 Review

“2015…I have no idea what’s going to go down, but it’s going to be an adventure, I’m sure of it!”

That’s what I wrote at the end of last year’s review, and oh was it ever true. This year has been a non-stop whirlwind. I remember back at the ETC in our first semester we had “Adventure Modules” that we had to partake in and write about. One of the lessons picked up was that adventures aren’t always fun – an adventure implies some level of danger, and the risk of getting hurt is just part of the package.

I did SO much in 2015. Quite probably too much, and I’m not even sure how to approach dividing this up. I’ll just dump memories as they come to me, I guess, because I’m having trouble with more thoughtful writing.

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