“Work? I never worked a day in my life. I always loved what I was doing, had a passion for it.” — Ernie Banks
In this first post of the “Living with Gusto” series, I’m excited to introduce you to poet, writer, and editor A. D. (Sweepyjean) Joyce who is the author of the eBooks, “30 Poems, 30 Days: Inside a Poet’s Mind” and “Like. Love. Hate.” She also hosts the highly successful Third Sunday Blog Carnival. Catch her more creative and personal writing at Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World.
How is it possible to be passionate about something and not even realize it?
That was the case for me for a long time. I’m passionate about writing poetry but only in recent years have I considered myself to be a poet.
At the very least, I knew I was a writer. This love of writing stemmed from my love of books cultivated at a very early age. Over time, I thought maybe I was going to be a novelist. Through the years, I have written short stories and I have an unfinished novel somewhere hidden away.
But when I analyze it, I realize that I spent a lot more time writing poetry than I did writing prose fiction. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became by the mechanics of poetry. I’m reminded of how when I was a child, I took a screwdriver and dismantled my musical jewelry box to try to figure out how it worked. I was charmed by how the teeth of the metal comb produced the sounds as they rolled over the pins on the cylinder. After all these years, I still look for opportunities to learn more about the craft of poetry. The more I accept my passion, the stronger it becomes.
There was a period of time when I had given up writing as a serious vocation. When I came out of that fog, I realized that poetry was my true passion and that I should follow it wherever it takes me. Lately, in addition to writing poetry, I feel the need be an advocate, hopefully to convince the general public that poetry is not for an elite crowd but something everyone can enjoy.
What is a recent passion you’ve discovered?