Oprah Winfrey once said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” This profound saying emphasizes the importance of passion in life. Passion acts like “rocket fuel” that keeps us going, and fills our life with meaning and happiness. It also accelerates us to go through any difficulties, and drives us to accomplish anything we set our mind to. To experience a meaningful and successful life, being passionate in something is of much more significance.
By being passionate and establishing goals towards that end, people will be able to discover the true happiness. Florence Nightingale, the Mother of Modern Nursing, experienced her life and work to the fullest extent by discovering her passion for nursing and allowing it to lead her to do great work. Born in a rich and upper-class family, Nightingale always suffered from depression and the feeling of unworthiness as the upper class, and attempted to discern the purpose of life at a young age. Defying her parents' desire that she married into a socially prominent family, Nightingale wished for meaningful work and began to imagine herself caring for others. It was by the age of 25 that Nightingale found her true passion in nursing as the means to fulfill her goal. Despite the fact that nursing was an unpaid and unpromising career in Victoria London, Nightingale was passionate in helping the sick and making a change to their lives. During the Crimean War, Nightingale worked tirelessly to tend to the wounded British soldiers and was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night. Because of her devotion and dedication, Nightingale successfully improved the plight of the wounded, reducing the mortality rate from 42.7% to 2.2%. On her return from the Crimea, Nightingale also devoted her fervent passion into developing nursing as an essential and educated component of healthcare. She established the Nightingale School in London, and published books such as Notes On Nursing which sparked the worldwide health care reform. It was her passion of helping and serving others as a nurse that propelled Nightingale to find the true meaning in life, and to obtain the deep and lasting happiness by making significant changes to nursing practice.