Passionate or Obsessive?

I have a tendency to be obsessive… not exactly in an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-kind of way, but definitely a little obsessive about tasks & projects I’m interested in, or that I’m in the throes of completing.  Most people call it being passionate, and I’m not sure if maybe they aren’t the same thing?

I’ve always been this mixture of passion & obsession… even when I was a little girl 🙂  It’s led me to find joy and positivity in even the most mundane tasks that need to get done.

So why does obsession automatically sound like a negative?  Well, to start with, it’s aligned with mania, compulsion, infatuation, addiction, fetish, and an “over-ruling passion,” in the dictionary.  It takes passion to a whole new (and not so desirable) level.

But there is more than just this negative side to obsession, in every kind of art, there has to be a kind of obsession that produces some of the most beautiful pieces of work from a person’s soul.  The right amount of obsession coupled with passion can definitely be a good thing 😉

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Claude Monet


I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.

Elie Wiesel

I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.

Without obsession, life is nothing.


What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.

Eugene Delacroix


3 thoughts on “Passionate or Obsessive?

  1. Pingback: Obsession, Addiction, and Superstition | Writing = Passion

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