This photo speaks to me about how I offer the fire of my heart, my passion, to help wake up others. Sir Richard Branson tells us, "There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work, than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you". Passion is the energy that comes from bringing more of "you" into everything that you do.
The Latin root of passion means "to suffer or endure suffering or ridicule from others". The root word for purpose means "an aim or a goal one wishes to achieve". It is like the two words are married to each other, two parts of one whole. The only way to do great work, which is purpose, is to find the thing that sets you on fire igniting your passion.
Passion is living uncomfortably on purpose. To me this doesn't mean that your passion doesn't fit well with your soul. Rather it is what makes you the round peg in the square hole. It is what makes you take the path that is less traveled. It is your "why" for living this life. It is the link or connection to your personal genius.
The suffering comes from the fact that this fire of passion reduces you to ashes. Like the Phoenix you rise again from the ashes, remade. Fear is what creates suffering and the pushing through the fear is part of the preparation. Pushing through the fear creates the gateway to accomplish your purpose - the purpose you came here to do, and which only you can fulfill. If you are not remade, then the gateway can not appear.
This is the thing that keeps you up late at night and wakes you up when it is still dark with excitement to get up and get going. It is what makes you come alive. Jeff Bezos reflected that "you don't choose your passions, your passions choose you." If you pursue your life from this space, then at the end of your life you can say "I have no regrets". It is your legacy you leave behind, because you lived life being who you really are and doing what you really loved.