Social anxiety

Passion is Out

That’s it. Finished. I am no longer passionate about raising awareness of social anxiety.

Why? I just read this article. It says, “Passion is something that takes place in a bedroom not a boardroom.” Except that in my case it should say, “Passion is something that takes place in a bedroom, not a personal computer.” Outside the bedroom, passion is a cliché.

The only trouble is, I don’t know what to replace it with. My goal is to raise awareness of social anxiety? Shouldn’t “goal” be reseverved for the football pitch? My ambition is to raise awareness of social anxiety? Isn’t “ambition” a word for job fairs?

The jury’s still out on this. No, I don’t mean that – I’m not in a courtroom.

PS I’m not poking fun at the article, which was written by a cousin of mine. I agree that marketing needs to be stripped of meaningless words. But I’m not a company; I’m just me. Please may I still be passionate?

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

8 replies on “Passion is Out”

Please keep your passion. I’m of the opinion passion isn’t bound to a specific place and time. It’s passion that is a driver in whatever you feel “passionate” about.

I write marketing stuff for a living and I try very hard not to use the cliches, but it’s tough. You have to get across some complex ideas (I work for a scientific charity) with simple words. It’s easy to fall into the habit of using the old favourites like passionate and goal and vision and mission. I’d be lost without my thesaurus!

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