Passion is a word that I never heard much in conversation until I made a new friend that uses it often to describe his approach to his work (he’s a 3D artist that does CGI renderings for magazines). His art truly is his passion in life.
I decided to investigate the word and I found it very interesting.
c.1175, “sufferings of Christ on the Cross,” from O.Fr. passion, from L.L. passionem (nom. passio) “suffering, enduring,” from stem of L. pati “to suffer, endure,” from PIE base *pei- “to hurt”
It takes about three or four generations to become suffering in general, and another three or four to become “strong emotion, desire.” When I read that, I immediately flashed on the philosophical idea that “desire is the root of all suffering.” Interesting how this concept is expressed in this etymology. Skip forward another hundred years or so and we have the adjective popping up meaning angry or emotional and it takes another hundred to get to the sexual side of things and another hundred to get to “strong liking, enthusiasm, predilection” which is how my friend uses it.
Passion, from suffering to enthusiasm in five hops, with a dash of philosophy for flavoring. It’s a tasty word. I hope you have passion in your life (and I mean that in its current senses).