An interesting person I met today was Mr Surya, twice Mr Karnataka winner, now a very happy sculptor who was telling about the way things have happened in his life and the way his journey came to doing stone carving and why he does what he does and where the bloody passion comes front. His most emphatic statement was
“Vinay – there has to be some craziness in every person. That is the only thing that keeps him/ her alive. The rest hardly matters!”
I was quite surprised at a statement like this coming from a body builder and a stone sculptor. Thanks to our shrouded blind perceptions, I had naturally assumed that the sculptor too was someone who had stumbled into this profession by chance as opposed to choice.
But I realize there is so much of talent in this man. He speaks brilliant English, extremely good story teller and a model that could have easily gone in to make the big bucks any day. Instead here is a man who chooses to stay by something he calls the madness and I would love to call it the passion. It is so interesting to see why people do what they do and most importantly how they keep doing it. I guess craziness is one word to coin for it and passion is the sophisticated form for it. Probably this is what Martin Luther King meant when he said
“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live “
– Martin Luther King
How profound! I prefer to call it passion again, Surya prefers to call it madness. But whatever you choose to call it, I believe the hunger to do that something which we love the most is something unique indeed. For all those who share the thought hold on to that madness, I do understand that it is extremely hard but do hold on, it somehow manages to find a way to serve you in the end. For the rest who would like to deviate, I appreciate your views but if there is that something you are mad about, I would love to appreciate that madness even more. I would love to conclude with my all time favourite statement
“Passion is not just a word, it is a world! Open yourself up to it, it will find a way to open up to you”