I'm assuming you have heard of the argument "Nature Vs. Nurture". How I understand that statement is:
The premise of Nature is that you are born with a specific combination of materials. Those materials (DNA) make up physically "who you are", what you look like. They can also control how you think- chemical disorders, mental illness, demeanor, temper, inner mechanisms that control how you interpret outside information- to name a small amount.
So yes all of these things make us "Who we are".
Now, let's look at the other side of the coin. The theory behind Nurture is that how you are raised and treated throughout you life will influence how you behave, the choices you make, the way you react to different situations and the like.
Many people have argued over these two things for years. What made the person evil? What led him to becoming a robber? Was it the depression and anger issues passed down to him by his parents or was it caused by his past experiences?
I feel that this is a topic that doesn't require an answer. I believe it is important to entertain all ideas until they prove to be either false or irrelevant.
Moving toward the title question- Do either of these things effect what drives us in life? Is the idea of "Proving them wrong" conditioned to us through society or does it come instinctively? Do our attractions to hobbies and likes in this world reflect our composition or our decisions? Do we even make decisions on a daily basis or are we pre-programmed by our genetics? Does that thought make any of our ideas or thoughts any less genuine?
I ask you these questions to test your limits while reading this. Are you truly ready to ask yourself this question? We get asked so many questions on a daily basis and are so used to it that we can even answer in short concise statements without thinking. I would like for you to take a moment to recognize the importance of your opinion. Life is not about what we see, do, or feel. It is about how we react to what we see, do, or feel. Please, don't just answer this question in the quick, rehearsed way you have answered it multiple times in the past. Think about it, what is the question, what is your answer, how you feel about it, what does it mean about who you are, what does it mean about where you are going?
So with all of these ideas and theories at the forefront of your mind, I would like to ask you:
What is your passion? How does your passion shape how you are, internally and externally?
My next question to you is:
How can your passion help other people? I promise you, if you have good intentions that you are not the only person to want the same things that you do. There are other people out there trying to reach the same goals. How can you reach out to those people? How many of those people could help you?
The truth is the possibilities are endless. But how are we ever going to know any answers if we don't ask the questions.
So, again, what are you passionate about? What drives you? What pushes you through tough times? How will your passion shape your own future and the future of others around you?
I know that inspiring passion and a love for the arts in people around me is what fuels me. My passion is to create art with people of all different ages and learn from every single person I work with. While I feel this to be true, I also know there is a lot about my passion that I have yet to explore and utilize. My current goal is to share my passion for theatre to as many people as I can right now. I want to brainstorm, question, and rationalize ideas with a group of like minded people. Once that group of open minded collaborators has been created, the world could welcome in a new Justice League. A group of people that can create and explore thoughts and ideas in a safe and productive environment really could take on the world.
That is my passion. I want to change the world through collaborative artistic problem solving. So, what is your passion? How can we work together to make the world a better place for your dreams and the dreams of others?