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What are you passionate about?

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By Carolyn Risner

At dinner Monday night, friends and I discussed the passion so many of our other friends have for a myriad of topics.

For one it's water quality; another hunting; someone else history and still another, football.

"What are you passionate about?" I was asked.

There was no answer.

At one time in my life, I was passionate about my children, but as they grew and needed me less, my passion waned.

Once my work was a passion, but during 20 years in journalism I have developed a cynicism that caused that passion to ebb.

For the past two days, I have thought much about what drives me now, and the only thing that keeps coming to mind is my passion for living.

There is much that I care about–family, friends, work, my spirituality, my country, the environment–but to limit my zest to one area is near to impossible.

Or so I thought.

In the tax collector's office Tuesday renewing my car tag, I heard the clerk ask a man in his mid-to-late 60s if he were a registered voter. He said he was not.

"Do you want to be?" She asked.

"No," he said. "I tried that once and it just didn't work."

Had I not been on my lunch break, I would have approached him and gently chastised him for giving up–for that is what he has done. Sometime, somewhere he made a bad political choice and now, rather than seek to make his world a better place, he has chosen to sit back and let others make the choice for him.

He has ceded his responsibility, not only to himself, but to those around him. I really believe if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.

With Tuesday's presidential primary looming, I am passionate that we should all be a part of the solution by making our country the best it can be. For the first time in many years, Democrats and Republicans alike, have several good choices on who will lead our country the next four years.

We need to step up to the plate and let our voices be heard, and yes, every single vote counts and your opinion does matter.

Every American needs to be passionate about the direction this country is heading and the first step to displaying that passion is to walk into a polling place Tuesday and cast a ballot.

Everyone needs to have a passion for something, and if the only thing you can narrow your passion down to, like I have, is living, then make that life better. Start with being an informed voter and follow through with an action that shows what you know.

Be a part of the solution.