“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.” – Earl Nightingale
As many of you know, I graduated from grad school in May of 2010. But, what most of you don’t know is that I don’t have my diploma yet. Why? Because I never finished my thesis. To many this apparently seemed like an easy task, or one that I would find the time to complete if it meant a lot to me, but, believe me, it wasn’t that easy…and I’ll tell you why.
The topic of my thesis is LONG:
Tourism under Dictator & Democracy: How the Catalan Culture and Catalan Nationalism
have Affected Tourism in Catalonia, Spain throughout Changing Political Power
You may ask why someone would pick such a deep topic covering politics, foreign countries and tourism, but I will tell you why…passion! This is something I am passionate about and my heart was in this paper. Well, half way through grad school my father passed away and I pushed forward that last year just to finish and when I finished my last class I was flat out exhausted: emotionally, physically and mentally, so I put it off. I refused to write anymore of the paper until I was in a place where I felt that passion again.
Well, this past weekend it came back. I sat down for two and a half days and typed. I typed about a country, a region and a city that make me feel alive to even think about. I wrote until I had nothing left to say and I finished it! Yes, I will have edits to make, and that is fine, but I finished this paper on my time and I made sure to put all the passion in the world into it. I felt so intensely about writing a great paper about tourism in Catalonia that it directed me to its fulfillment. As Oprah says, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Travel, culture, Spain, Barcelona and tourism excite me and its amazing the power and energy that comes from that passion. What are you passionate about? Let it drive you!
The images below are Left: The view from Parc Güell and Right: Montjuïc, about two blocks from my first apartment. Click on them to learn more about my passion!