PEOPLE WHO ARE FULLY VITAL and alive and
full of energy are interested. Theyre pursuing an
interest. The stronger the interest, the more vitality emanates
from it. People without any interests at all are bored, tired
and lifeless. Interest is everything.
Heres the problem: You cant
fake or force yourself to be interested in something. You can
gently open yourself to be mildly interested, but youre
either strongly interested in something or youre not, and
its not up to you. Its either there or it isnt.
There are subjects and activities which,
if you pursued one of them, would awaken your sleeping vitality.
But you may be ignoring them for good reasons.
A woman I know liked to draw and was very
good at it while she was still only in kindergarten. When she
told her father she wanted to be an artist when she grew up,
he said, You dont want to be an artist. Artists dont
make any money. He dismissed the idea with so much certainty,
she dropped her interest immediately. She cut it off, turned
away from it.
Many of us have had a similar experience.
We turned away from what really interested us and now we dont
really know what interests us. We look around at our options
and dont see anything interesting because the thing that
interests us is behind us, so to speak weve
turned out backs on it and cant see it any more.
I know a man who liked to sail as a youngster,
but let it fade out of his life when he became an adult. He thought
about it once in a while but figured he would do some sailing
later when he had a lot of money and extra time (dream
He recently decided to take up sailing,
even on a small scale, and he has come alive.
Boredom is death. Interest is life. Dig
up that dormant interest. You know the one youve
dropped it or laid it aside for perfectly sound reasons. You
might even feel its childish to pursue it. Thats
the one. Pursue it, even a little, and your awakened interest
will brighten your whole life.
Pursue the interests that make
you come alive.