Sorry for this post, which is not a quotation, but merely some thoughts on a personal experience that I would like to share, because keeping it for myself is highly frustrating.
This is about passion, or the loss of it.
Passion about some sports, but it could apply to passion about anything.
I had a passion for windsurf and surf, for the particular relationship with the sea they provide, for the bliss of riding a good wave or jumping high in the air. My passion lead me to Hawaii, where I could enjoy it and keep it alive for more than 7 years. But little by little, something changed. I still get the urge to go in the water when I see a surf or a windsurf movie, or when we make our own surf movie with my friend François, with footage of us surfing, that we took several years ago already, and carefully select the best rides, the best moments, like in real surf movies. It always gives you a false impression that you just need to go in the water to get a thrilling session. It makes you forget the countless bad sessions, the injuries, the broken equipment... in short: real life ! But it is passion that makes you endure all of that for the reward of this rare wave that is worth all the sacrifices. And it is what I am losing.
I get more and more frustrated by the time spent in vain driving two hours for just getting in the water and not taking even one wave, like the day before yesterday, because it was bigger than forecasted and over my capabilities, or rigging my windsurf equipment and taking barely one small wave before the wind dies or my equipment breaks, like yesterday or last Sunday. I get so frustrated that I think to myself: "This is it, I am going to sell my equipment and stop losing my time doing these damn sports !"
But, like a drug addict, I know that I will eventually go back, give it another chance, get frustrated again. But I am not sure how much longer the bliss of the rare good wave will keep me going. Perhaps this is all the better like that, because I am leaving Hawaii soon... Even though, losing one's passion makes you feel awckward.