The Forum: Finding Your Voice and Calling
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
If you ever took Latin, you know that voice and vocation share the same root. Your voice -- or who you are at your essence -- sometimes screams and sometimes whispers, but it always tells you what you should do with your life.
That was obvious when we were eight years old; what we wanted to be when we grew up was what we most loved to do or think about. But as years passed, other voices drowned out our own.
Writer Ray Bradbury tells a story about loving Buck Rogers more than anything when we was in the fourth grade -- until other kids teased him out of his passion. 'He was gone, and suddenly life simply wasn't worth living,' he writes in Zen in the Art of Writing. But unlike many of us, Bradbury at age nine chose his passion over the opinions of his peers. 'My life has been happy ever since. For that was the beginning of my writing science fiction.'
Similarly, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, speaking at a college graduation, gave the graduates this advice: 'When you remember what you love, you will remember who you are. If you remember who you are, you can do anything.'