How do we keep doing what we love to do our entire lives? It sounds simple enough, right? Once you find the thing you love, you keep doing it… but as we’ve learned in the past year, unexpected events always eventually pop up. So, how do we keep doing what we love even after we’re knocked off our feet?

If there’s something you truly love to do in life (or even if you’re still searching for it), this is one story that’s a must-have tool in your back pocket to keep you going on those rainy days!

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou

Jeremiah Armenta builds motorcycles—he has for over a decade. It started off as any passion does: a bit of tinkering here and there, then before you know it, it’s bloomed into a totally wild love.

But of course, the unexpected always has a place in our lives. For Jeremiah, it was a crash at a drag race. For you, well—off the top of my head—it could be, say… a pandemic.

When these things come out of the blue, it can seem like we may never get back that same love again. Thankfully, Jerimiah shows us that just because we loved something one way, doesn’t mean there aren’t ten other ways for it to be explored!

Let’s meet Jeremiah to hear his story, and see how he’s found even more love for what he does after experiencing the worst it could do. This beautiful film was directed, shot, and edited by Etienne Aurelius and presented by Jason Momoa. (Yup! Aquaman.)

Check out more from Jason Momoa over on his YouTube channel, and connect with his friend Jeremiah over on Instagram!

Even if we aren’t sure how circumstances will actually play out, we can still love what we love to do in new ways.

It’s a simple idea. When things take a downturn, it’s easy to think that we won’t get our groove back. But what if there’s just a new route to it?

Okay, bear with me: what if we looked at whatever it is we love to do as the center of a wheel? The spokes being all of the ways that we can access that love. In Jeremiah’s case, let’s say the center is “motorcycles.” A few of the spokes off of that could be “drag racing,” “building,” “teaching,” “sharing love with kids.”

Knowing that these other options exist can be a very sturdy reality to lean into when one spoke breaks, so that we don’t forget that there are so many other reasons to keep enjoying it!

For more great stories on how people have kept on doing what they love after hardship, check out these articles!

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As always, my friend, stay open to new possibilities!

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Notes:

  1. Momoa, Jason. “LOVE CYCLES.” YouTube, 21 Oct. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMEc2hlI-Jk&feature=emb_title. Accessed 12 Jan. 2021.

Sam Burns

Editor in Chief

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.