Memoirs with Melissa

About Memoirs with Melissa

PART 1: I’ve always wanted to travel around the world. The idea of experiencing new cultures, seeing new things and meeting new people is thrilling. But while the economy doesn’t currently allow for me to see much of the world in person, I can see anything I want via this amazing thing called the Internet.

PART 2: I’m sad to say I’ve never had a passion — that thing that keeps people up all night working, that provides them with more pleasure than sleep ever will. Passion (and determination) is what makes the world turn. It’s what keeps people wondering how to improve on that which most others find adequate; what keeps people moving forward long after their luck has run out; what, when combined with direction, can give people the lives others can only dream of. I’ve always dreamed of finding a passion of my very own and, as a result, am always interested in learning about the passions of others and the stories behind them — what makes that job or hobby so special and how it came to be theirs.

PART 3: I like to know why people do the things they do, and I believe everyone can teach others something. Not one of us has an identical history and we can really never know what we would have done “if we were them” because we don’t truly know what past experiences came together to influence some to make the decisions they make. I like to get to the root of people — as much as they’ll let me. As a result, I often ask people personal questions — questions that are, perhaps, none of my business; yet, I often fail to inquire about things society dictates one should ask. Luckily most people can tell I mean no harm. I’m just interested in why people do the things they do.

The story brings us to late 2010. Enter encouragement speaker Derrick Hayes. I met Derrick Hayes by chance online. He posted a query for his blog on Help a Reporter Out and I responded. Next thing I knew, he e-mailed me with some questions about my comment. Via e-mail, I discussed with Derrick — whom I’d never met — my search for a passion. He come up with some ideas of things I could do based on my interests. Long story short, I combined his ideas with some of my own and bam! The result is this blog.

I hope you enjoy the discussions found here as much as I enjoy facilitating them.



Written by Melissa

August 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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