Recently I heard the success story of Alfie Boe. Some of you may be familiar with him through his role as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables. Mr. Boe didn’t expect to become an opera singer. He lived in a small town in northern England and worked in a car factory polishing cars. Since he liked to sing, he sang while he worked. One day a customer with contacts in the music industry came to the factory, heard him singing, and suggested he audition for the opera in London. He took a day off from work, auditioned, and eventually became an internationally known singer.
What moves me most about this story is that Alfie Boe has a gift and his gift comes forth from him wherever he is and whatever he is doing. He sang while polishing cars!
I believe there is some Alfie Boe in all of us. Each one carries within a passion that yearns to be expressed. For some that passion involves physical activity. Others are passionate about the arts and still others have a love for ecology, animals, people, history, and on and on…..
What is your passion? What do you love so much that you must do it? If you don’t know, find out. One way to start is to think about what you really loved when you were a child, say 7-10 years old. What made your heart sing back then? What threads can you follow from childhood to the present that fit like a comfy pair of pj’s that you can relax into and know this is what you love? Life is easier when we know what we love. And best of all, when we know what we love and we do it, we are truly alive.