Gradually, I am learning that I can weave multiple passions together into a more integrated whole or at least little vignettes of collaboration. I am trying to find where disciplines overlap and might complement one another. I've tried to do just that with this blog combing writing, photography, and an interest in backpacking. Occasionally, I will also indulge some of those other interests like politics and environmentalism on this site. This has been especially rewarding and has kept me from feeling overly remote from any one of those passions. Other interests, however, have not been so easily integrated, so I've tried to simply stay connected to them.
"Just stay connected" is the phrase that rummages around my mind when I feel annoyed that I don't have the will or energy to devote as much time as I'd like into a passion. I sometimes feel that if I can't fully engage with something, why bother at all? This is an obsessive's dilemma. For the past year or so, however, I've tried to remind myself of that ebb and flow I spoke of above. My goal is to simply stay connected to something, even if that means only playing banjo for ten or fifteen minutes several times a week for instance, rather than ditching it altogether and never practicing at all. This way, if the "flow" picks up down the line or opportunities emerge, I won't be re-learning from such a distanced relationship. I sometimes have to simply take the pressure off of myself to "succeed" at something and remember to simply enjoy myself.
So, those have been the strategies I've employed in trying to refine my relationship to multiple passions - integrating and combining those that lend themselves to collaboration and staying connected to those that are important to me but not as easily incorporated into other endeavors. Lucky for you, I have not yet found a good way to incorporate my banjo playing into this blog. Be warned, however, the refinement process persists.