Do you find it hard to live authentically? Do you wish you didn’t hide certain parts of who you truly are? I have a story for you.
In college I had an interesting professor. Her obsession with the color purple was legendary. I don’t remember her name. I do remember the bright purple business suit she wore the first day of class. She was like a character in a children’s book with jet black hair and a bubbly smile. Her vocal profession and admiration for her favorite hue was beyond anything I’d ever seen. She gave a short impassioned speech about her purple love on day one. Truth be told, I thought she was odd.
She wasn’t an art or music professor. She taught Statistics of all things. A bright, purple Bible decorated her desk, and she drove a purple car. Every one of her accessories was — you guessed it — some shade of purple. This display of color explosion brought her a lot of joy.
Here’s the thing. I kind of dismissed her in many ways. The Purple Professor seemed silly. I didn’t get her or her strange love. At all.
But today, when I look back, I smile when I think of her. I smile because as an adult still struggling to find my way, the thought of being secure enough to delight in wearing bright purple on a regular basis, to not only delight in it but be immersed in a purple lifestyle? Well, that’s kind of gutsy in its own peculiar way.
While I’m not ready to commit to a life lived in fuchsia or magenta or teal, I would like to take a pointer or two from The Purple Professor. If she can be passionate about the color purple no matter what people think of her, then maybe it’s time for me to stop hiding my passions even if they make me look a little crazy to those around me.
So, what’s your personal purple passion?
Reflect – Think about what activities or people bring you joy.
Confess – Do others know about your passion, or do you tend to hide it?
Act – Find one easy step you can take today toward living out your passion.
Once you give yourself permission to live freely, let the nerves give way to excitement. Don’t let what others think or say dictate what you do. Chances are, you’ll find people inspired by your action.