Following Your Passion & A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

This post was inspired by the novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. In a war torn Chechnya, a young fatherless girl, a family friend, and a hardened doctor struggle with love and loss. Join From Left to Write on May 20 as we discuss Anthony Marra’s debut novel. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.

Akhmed’s stifled dream saddened my heart, as I read this month’s From Left to Write selection A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. His village placed their hopes and dreams upon him when they paid for his college education to become a doctor. Instead of learning medicine in anatomy class, he discovered his love for drawing. His passion was to create art. Because of his loyalty to his village and the people who paid for his education, he returned home as a mediocre doctor. He drew in secret.

Sketching mints at a conference table. Each one is so different!

I, too, discovered my love for drawing in college. My senior year, in fact. Drawing was hard for me at first because I thought too hard. Many things I try come easy to me, but drawing wasn’t one of them. I struggled to relax and not impose my perfectionism upon my work. I can’t say I’ve overcome my need for perfectionism, but I’ve learned to ignore it a little better.

You’ve seen my drawings and sketches. They are by no means perfect. I draw with ink because I cannot erase my lines. I’m learning to live by the motto I constantly tell my kids, “There are no mistakes in art.” A stray line can turn into something quite unexpected.

No matter if I love my sketches or stick them under a pile of paper to be forgotten, I honor my desire to create and document my world visually. If I ignore my passion for creating, then I shall temper the fire within me.

We all need our passions to keep us alive. To make life worth living.

How do you honor your passions?