This Is Passion


Worthing Seafront

My wife and I live by the sea and often at weekends and weekday evenings we often go for a short walk along the seafront.

Last weekend it was lovely and sunny so a walk along the seafront is what we did.

As we were walking, another couple were admiring a brand new seafront art deco style seafront house.

I jokingly said, “I wouldn’t want to live there – everyone who walks passed, stares in. You’d get no privacy”.

It’s true you wouldn’t.

The lady of the couple replied, “Oh I couldn’t live in this country – it’s too cold”

“Where do you live?” we asked.

“Hove” said the lady laughing.

Hove is just a few miles along from where we live, Worthing.

Her words of “Oh I couldn’t live in this country – it’s too cold” didn’t make sense as she lived only a few miles away.

The lady carried on, “I mean I only live here a few months of the year. The rest of the time I’m aboard. I’ve just come back from Thailand”

“Wow. Nice. We were there a couple of years ago. Lovely place, lovely people”.

And we got chatting. I was talking mainly to the lady and my wife, her husband.

The lady, Maria was full of passion for Thailand and living.

It turns out that Maria taught English to disabled Thailand students. She is also a yoga teacher and teaches the disabled students yoga.

I love passionate people and I really warmed to Maria. We walked together for about a mile and in that time, I think I only asked her about 3 questions. The rest of the time, Maria was passionately talking about the disabled students and how excited, happy and fearless they are.

Maria said she would send me a video of one of the students. I gave her my email and within a few hours the video appeared in my email inbox. Passionate, reliable and keeps their promises.

The things I love in people.

You can watch the video below. A little warning before you do…get the tissues. This guy is amazing and it’s a little emotional.


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13 Responses to This Is Passion

  1. Kim June 18, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Hi, Andrew

    Wow. It’s a reminder of what we have to be grateful for, and it’s also an inspiration to see how amazing people can not only survive but also smile in light of the difficulties that they must deal with in their life. It’s also encouraging and heart warming that people like Maria are so passionate to help.

    Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Diva Cup, review =-.

  2. Dana June 18, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    The video make me think that I do not have right to complain (what ever the bad situation)from now on.
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Tips Blog´s last blog ..5 Quality Web Hosting Service For Your Blog =-.

  3. Colleen June 19, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    Amazing. We recently had a fellow come to our church and speak to us. He has no arms and no legs! His story is amazing. If you search, “Nick Vujicic,” you will no doubt be inspired by any videos you might find.
    .-= Colleen@Kennewick Real Estate´s last blog ..June Network Tri Cities Luncheon: The State of Higher Education =-.

    • Andrew June 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm #


      Yes I have seen Nick’s videos before – there are some amazing people in this world and Nick is one of them.

      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..You CAN Do It =-.

  4. Alex June 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    You know I like this cause I exactly know what you mean and feel the same way, it is so easy to talk to people that are passionate about something. You feel the fire in them.

    Wow… after watching the clip… amazing story. Can’t believe the things he can do with his feet.

    Thanks for sharing the story and the clip!
    .-= Alex@Pferdehaftpflicht´s last blog ..Pferdehaftpflicht: Haftungsunterschied zwischen Tierhalter und Tierhüter =-.

    • Andrew June 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm #


      Great word – fire! That’s exactly what I mean.

      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..WordPress 3.0: Backup Before You Upgrade =-.

  5. Julius June 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    This is an excellent proof that we can do anything and succeed if we have genuine passion for what we do. I am sure that Maria sometimes encounters difficulties while doing her job. But as what she has said, she spends most of the year in Thailand and she loves her job and how she helps her students with disabilities.
    .-= Julius´s last blog ..Web Accessibility in Japan =-.

    • Andrew June 22, 2010 at 10:52 am #


      I’ve since found out Maria is also a yoga teacher AND an author – she has several books published. An amazing individual.

      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Overcoming Blogging Burnout: Here Is How =-.

  6. Sally June 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi Andrew, such a touching video, brought a tear to my eye.

    Really made me think how much more grateful I should be for everything I have, thanks for sharing this.

    If I ever feel ungrateful for anything again I shall remember this video.

    Sally 🙂

  7. Luqman July 6, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Thanks for sharing the video it is quite interesting and emotional…

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