My Passions

I love lists.  Lists make me happy.  I like to make them in my blog.  I make lists before I go to the store.  I make a list of things I need to pack for a trip.  I make “to do” lists.  They comfort my mind and help me get my thoughts organized.  Lists are cool.

So imagine my joy at finding a little blog writing prompt which actually asks me to make a list each Monday!  Yay lists!

Northwest Mommy over at the blog Life is Good has a little thing each week called Monday Listicles.  She takes suggestions from selected people each week for a list, and this week the list suggestion came from Jackie over at Not Wifezilla.  It’s about what moves us–what we are passionate about.

My passions:

  • The bodily functions of my people:  I just did a post about this.  I’m not sure how this happened, but the fact remains: the toilet habits of those I care for are a major part of my life.
  • Hand washing:  If everyone would just wash their freakin’ hands more often, and use hand sani when they can’t, the world would be a better place!
  • Selflessness:  this is a big one.  I think most of the world’s problems can be boiled down to people being incredibly selfish.  People only care about how they feel, and how things will affect them.  They never even think about other people, let alone actually do things for them!
  • Education:  I think, as a whole, parents underestimate the importance of education in a child’s life.  An education is one gift you can give a child that can never be taken away.  A good, complete education is invaluable.  You cannot learn too much.  Math geeks should study literature, and vice versa.  We sometimes just assume that our kids  are getting what they need in school, but if you take the time to investigate, I’m afraid you might find that isn’t the case.
  • Handicap Accessibility:  I have no idea why some people think it is okay for a public building to be inaccessible.  To me, this is discrimination.  Period.  Our local school system is notorious for this.  We have a middle school that is completely inaccessible.  In other words, I pay taxes for a building that is inaccessible to two very important members of my family.  No way.
  • Accountability:  No matter what the issue–work, parenting, relationships, the environment–people lack accountability.  No matter what happens, it’s not their fault.  Someone else did something that caused this thing to happen.  I think of it as a “poor me” type of attitude, and it sucks.
  • Disability:  I have very black and white views of what a disabled person is.  I live in an area that is overrun with people who claim to be disabled and get a big check each month.  These same people ride four-wheelers, hunt, climb, run, whatever.  They park in the handicap spot and then prance up and down every single aisle in the store.  This is related to the accountability thing.  These people apparently thing someone owes them something.  WRONG!
  • Animals:  I’m a vegan.  I made this major life decision on April 18th, 2011.  It’s decision that is one part health, one part animal rights, and one part environmental.  I encourage everyone to think about, and maybe try a vegan meal or two.  A little bit goes a long way.
  • Books:  I love reading.  I read every single day.  Every. Single. Day.  I don’t know how people can say, “I don’t read.”  I’ll read anything once.  I’ve read some real duds, and some real gems.  I worship Stephen King, but I’m open to anyone. (Except Nancy Grace.  I must have some standards, after all.)  Reading is a way to relax, and sometimes be in different place than reality.  The only thing to say is that I love a good story.
  • My Family:  That’s it.  More than anything, this is the passion that keeps me going day-to-day.  It’s the only thing I’m uncompromising about.  Before I had kids, I was sort of, well, adrift.  I had no sense of purpose.  When my kids were born, all of that changed.  They counted on me.  They had to have me there, at my best.  Being a mom is the only thing I’ve ever done that had real meaning, and I take it seriously.  Damn straight.


So that’s it.  That’s my first submission to Monday Listicles.  Thanks to Northwest Mommy and Jackie for this week’s thought-provoking topic.

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14 Comments on "My Passions"

  1. christina
    06/02/2012 at 10:32 am Permalink

    oh do i hear what you’re saying about selfish people.

  2. Jodi Aman
    06/02/2012 at 10:49 am Permalink

    Great first listicle! I am a veg, too. I was a vegan, but now I raise hens for eggs. They are very cared for and I do love the eggs! Since I don’t eat grains, I had to do something! Hope to see you more often!

  3. Sweaty
    06/02/2012 at 11:54 am Permalink

    If there’s a person who consistently writes with passion, it’s you, dear Janice! From reading your list, I could tell how strongly you feel about each one of them.

    Amen to selflessness, education, and accountability. I think those are extremely fundamental, and yet most often overlooked 🙂

  4. Janice
    06/02/2012 at 12:02 pm Permalink

    Sweaty–What you call passion others have called loud-mouthed and over-opinionated. I think I prefer your perspective!

    Jodi–I had chickens for several years. The last two hens got killed a while before I decided to become vegan. However, if I still had them, I would undoubtedly eat the eggs. I just didn’t get any more because I didn’t want to make the time commitment.

  5. Stasha
    06/02/2012 at 1:10 pm Permalink

    Selflessness, accountability, education! I love all you are passionate about and hope I share your passions too. As for disability I think it is as simple as making people who make decisions and let others abuse the system spend a day in a wheelchair. Just a day! It would be very humbling, wanting to grab a latte or deposit the check and be stranded on the other side of a heavy door.

  6. Lenore Diane
    06/02/2012 at 1:25 pm Permalink

    I liked your list, Janice, agreeing with much of what you listed. Yes on the hand washing. The EASIEST way to prevent germs from spreading.

  7. Anna
    06/02/2012 at 2:25 pm Permalink

    Selflessness and accountability – you totally rock in my book! I love lists as well, this was my first week for Monday lists too and I think I’m hooked 🙂 Great list, thank you for sharing!

  8. Jackie
    06/02/2012 at 3:04 pm Permalink

    How lucky for me that this is your first link up & I got to chose the list!
    The fact you listed education made me smile, one of those really big cheesy smiles. Great list!

  9. Janice
    06/02/2012 at 9:03 pm Permalink

    Thanks! Great choice for a list, and your inspiration for this subject matter was very touching. It made me think a lot–and I guess that was kind of the point!

  10. Melissa
    06/02/2012 at 7:37 pm Permalink

    Great list! I couldn’t agree with you more. Sorry to hear your local school system is notoriously inaccessible. That’s just WRONG. I also agree with you about Nancy Grace. She has a way about her that is very… off-putting. I find myself watching her show on occasion just because I’m interested in some of the stories she covers. I also admire that she gives generously to some important children’s charities and brings awareness about certain groups like ChildHelp, which is for the prevention and treatment of child abuse. At least that redeems her somewhat. 🙂

  11. Stasha
    06/02/2012 at 8:28 pm Permalink

    I commented earlier but it is not here 🙁
    I nodded in agremement all through your list. And as for the disability fakers and people sitting in the offices not caring about changing that and accessibility : they should spend a day in a wheelchair. Nothing puts things more into perspective then real life.

  12. Janice
    06/02/2012 at 9:01 pm Permalink

    Stasha–it was here, I just had to approve it. Now that you’re approved you can comment any time and it will publish immediately. I have to moderate because I get anywhere from ten to twenty spam comments a day. Askimet catches most of them, but sometimes they get through the cracks, and some of them are graphic. I really enjoyed the list making and look forward to doing them each week! I heart Listicles!

  13. paul
    06/02/2012 at 10:51 pm Permalink

    Very thoughtful list, loved that you have accountability and selflessness.

  14. Audrey
    07/02/2012 at 8:52 am Permalink

    Great list! Accountability is very important, but I am giggling over body functions 🙂

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