Many people equate passion with a feeling. You won't always feel your passion, but that doesn't mean it's gone. Passion manifests itself in many ways: sometimes loud and outgoing, sometimes quiet and cautious.
Passion is what makes you get out of bed in the morning. Passion makes your eyes light up about a topic, it makes your brain turn with new ideas. It won't always mean going full speed as if you had just downed a case of Red Bull.
A car gets the best mileage not when it's accelerating, but when it is driving at an even pace. Don't worry if you're not fired up or feeling like a cheerleader all the time. It doesn't mean your passion has fizzled, it just means you're focused on the long road ahead.
Originally published March 2010.