I am departing from my normal photo blog format to speak out about a topic I am seriously passionate about! I hope you enjoy it, and take time to meet some of the people I have met along the way and admire for their passion.
“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Dear John
The saddest thing to me is when passion takes over the ability to think and act in a logical manner. Remember when you found your first love, and the overwhelming passion that simply controlled your every thought and action?
As many of my friends know, I am passionate when it comes to birds. This passion spills over to both domestic and wild birds. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve nearly wrecked my car while driving when I see a hawk soaring, or even a vulture circling. There is something about these creatures that touches my heart and soul.
As a member of the “Avian Community”, I am still trying to find the best way to channel my passion for these magnificent creatures. I try to support groups that I see as making a positive impact. Sadly, this community is widely divided, and is more often than not, governed by impulse and reaction rather than sound thought and judgment.
I recently attended the AFA convention that was held in Raleigh, NC. I was fortunate to meet many people well-educated and versed in the world that is Avian. I learned there is so much more I need to become educated about. I also learned that even within a group that gathers to celebrate and discuss all things Avian, there is a huge divide.
Until we can channel our passion about these creatures in a positive manner, we will never take those steps needed to make a better world for these creatures we have chosen to domesticate. I have yet to meet anyone that has all the “right” answers. I do know, after attending conferences such as these, that until we pull together, it is our dear feathered friends that will ultimately pay the price.