Pursuing your passion – the naked truth

Anyone for naked tennis? As temperatures pick up here in the UK I am reminded of the first ‘spring’ story I wrote almost 20 years ago.

As a junior reporter on a local newspaper I was looking for an unusual angle so I interviewed the president of a naturist club to ask how they marked the turning of the seasons.

Being experts in the art of disrobement I expected them to be casting their clothes aside to embrace the onset of spring. However, to my surprise this was not the case.

As during even the harshest days of winter they were already enjoying rounds of naked tennis, and taking turns skinny dipping in the English Channel. Such was their enthusiasm, it didn’t matter what time of year it was – anytime was a good time to pursue their passion.

New beginnings

Most of us, however, normally look forward to spring as it heralds the return of warmer, longer and lighter days. It is usually a reason to cast off a layer or two as we look forward to better weather and better things.

Traditionally, we link spring to change and new beginnings. Nature is hard-wired to a cycle of growth and rebirth. You are hard-wired in the same way, and you never really stop growing.

Sometimes it’s difficult to grow professionally when obstacles are seemingly placed in your way, the path is obscured or it seems particularly hard going.

But, of course, you want to do better or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. So where to turn?

‘A time to plant’

Back in the 60s a band called The Byrd’s released a record called “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)”. It was based on biblical verse, the original of which read:

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

Why am I telling you this? Well, perhaps now is the time to ‘pluck up’ that which holds you back from achieving your full potential. And time to ‘plant’ by deciding on your purpose and goal – something you are really passionate about.

Pursuing your passion

Going back to my naturist story, the fact that members were pursuing their passion all year round, and not just in spring, killed my ‘spring’ story. But it gave me a new one which was far better and gave me a front page.

It celebrated the hardiness and the determination of people who had a goal and would pursue it whatever the weather and whatever the obstacles standing in their way.

So if you are ready for change, cast off those pants of procrastination and take action – now.

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