Note: I’m only picking on one word here. I know English is flexible. I’d like people to contemplate and understand about how they are using it, celebrate its diversity and stop writing/talking like they are turbocharged on 15 cups of coffee!
Have you noticed these days how everyone is passionate about practically everything? Just a random few from the Internet:
“I’m passionate about food and drink”
Passionate about caffeine?
“Football is my passion”
“Professional florist with a passion for colour”
“Our passion is creating the event ..”
“Passion for shoes”
There is even someone with a website:
“Passionate about tiling” (honestly it’s about tiling)
Not sure about you, but for me passion is not something I feel you can offer to the general public as a commodity. I’m not sure I’d want to!
Let’s get some perspective here people. Passionate about creating a event? I would prefer someone who is diligent, responsible, yes enthusiastic, has a lively interest even and possibly some degree of eagerness. From my events organiser I don’t want any powerful feelings of desire, intense emotions or anyone prone to extreme anger or excitement. If someone is passionate about events organising I suggested they seek help (or cut down on the caffeine).
And “Passion for shoes”? Do they make you swoon? Sweep you off your feet? (falling down a flight of stairs hardly counts) They can’t even make dinner!
Footsteps made by un-passionate shoes
OK, I admit I have my pedant head on here and I’m being extremely flippant. I also admit I find the Internet an overwhelming place littered with extraordinary declarations. I know it’s competitive in the virtual world as everyone is trying to connect to the real world by advertising their distinctiveness/brilliance/sheer wonderfulness and trying to attract attention by endlessly emphasing their unique selling point.
I for one would like a return to the achievable, the authentic, the “I’m a real person with a real product/service that can help you but I can’t grow wings and fly” school of business.
Maybe I can borrow her wings?
I probably have a pipe dream based on a world that never existed. It’s probably also because I believe I do have a great product and yet I’m still unable to grow wings or sound the least bit convincing when I use words like passion. I basically feel like a bit of a dope.
So, in brief I would like those people out there who bandy the word passion around to:
1. get a grip and think about what they really mean,
2. buy a new thesaurus and reclaim words like enthusiastic and
3. not contact me.
Thank you for reading. I’m off now to keenly participate in one of my many real-life enthusiasms 🙂
Florist with a passion for flowers!