The Passion Collective

passion collective - A number of individuals working together with a compelling emotion or feeling

The Passion Collective.

col·lec·tive- a collective body; a gathering; a collection of extracts; a number of individuals working or acting together.

pas·sion- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

pas·sion col·lec·tive- A number of individuals working or acting together with a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.

It was a November afternoon that I sat on the front porch of my local cafe and deeply thought about an idea; Nothing out of the ordinary as I did this often and much. I drank lukewarm coffee and discussed with some old acquaintances the idea of a group of young adults putting together a “Rolling-Stone” type magazine/website; To tell you the truth, many talented people laughed and shook off the offer, for that I am deeply saddened because they’re going to miss one hell of a ride. I proceeded to reach out to all different types of people from all different walks of life, many haven’t even met yet. That is the beauty of it. It’s as if I'm placing together the pieces of a puzzle, slowly but surely. Our generation is in need of something refreshing. Our brains will race and our eyes will quickly process what lies before us. What lies before us is The Passion Collective, a collective production founded in New York. It will be fueled by talent, hard-work, and most of all passion. It will only work if YOU contribute your piece of passion to the puzzle. Everyone is passionate about something. I, Zachary Franck have selected a group of unique individuals who all bring something to the table. From poets to journalists, photographers to bloggers, sports enthusiasts to hip-hop heads, I promise you that there is something for everyone. I truly believe in this and I believe in you. This project will stay true to it's name, always.Unlike other websites/magazines,The Passion Collective will actually make you think. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Buy the ticket, Take the ride”. Please join The Passion Collective as we all embark on this journey together; Why would you watch the puzzle being built when you can help build it!?

Prescribing Life Lessons: The Stepping Stones of My Past

Written on June 2nd, 2015 by Zachary Franck

Inspiration always hits during those hours. Not every time.. but most. In the midst of the darkest depths of night, the bold feeling of passion and truth sprint through your thought process. Constellations draw maps for lost souls and charmed dreamers alike. There's a mystic silence that brings certain reform and reflection. Even in the city that never sleeps, a calm almost comforting breeze drifts off the East River with a delicate touch that lets us know we're alive. The dimly lit streetlights of Brooklyn are no match for the distant lights of Manhattan. I follow the twisting turns of the magnificent Hudson River, and go north to Rockland County. I stop in Nyack, a subtle town that sits on the banks of the Hudson. Then I hop on the Thruway and the town I went to high school in, Warwick. A subtle country town in Orange County, nestled between the mountains. Sixty miles north-west of New York City. Although I was born in lower Manhattan, I grew up outside of the city. To be honest, i'm grateful that I got to experience both worlds. It will be a continuous contrast for the rest of my career, for the rest of my life. An ideal balance of all New York has to offer. I watch the scenery pass by through the window of the train car, and I think.

I think back to those nights spent in the deepest realms of my mind and soul. Nights that were fueled by MDMA and LSD, but most of all MUSIC - the greatest drug known to mankind. Music is the universal language, one that can not only be heard and seen, but felt. A substance of the highest purity, especially when it's in front of your face and you're surrounded by friends you consider family; the energy that's created is beyond intellectual understanding. Not in a confusing type of way though, no, not at all, It's the type of magical energy that glistens in the receptive spirits of the creative and innovative. It's not something that can be taught or bought, sold or learned. You must have this state of mind, this natural yearning for more ; it's buried within the fabric of your soul. Over time, your perception will begin to grow. The universe will test you, and sometimes you'll fail. Over time, your ambition will also begin to grow, as it steadily coincides with your blossoming perception. This certainly doesn't hold true for everyone, many cannot even begin to comprehend the conviction of chasing dreams. The most challenging career task there is, and ever will be. It's not for the weak-minded or softhearted. Failure is evident. Failure is guaranteed. If it makes you quit, you don't deserve to live the life that you've always imagined.

This may sound like a fairy tale but it's not, this is real life. It's my life and it's your life, it's his life and it's her life. My struggles and your desires. There's a reason that we're kept up at night by some unknown force of nature. God. The universe. Higher power. Whatever it may be, we feel encompassed by everlasting imagination. As children become teenagers and teenagers become adults, people lose their imagination, but we don't. We thrive on it as if it's essential to our very existence. Because it is. It is the key to our creativity which is what keeps us sane. To commit to anything else would be spiritual suicide. I'll fight the good fight until i'm reduced to ashes of the earth. A commitment and promise to the ones who have come before me and the ones who'll come after me. 

More importantly than that, a commitment and promise to myself - to my elemental madness that provokes me to dance along the edge of sanity and success. A divided symmetry that will weigh the pros and cons of my foreign and domestic fantasies. Simplicity remains the cornerstone of confidence. Keep it simple. From the sandy shores of southern California to the steel beams of New York City, I navigate through the transformational obstacles of my life. I've had so many realizations in the past year yet I have so much more to learn.

Nobody can take the knowledge of your passion away from you. Your character can slightly shine through physical expression, but it really shines through spiritual communication. Emotion provides a platform for existential honesty. My realization of my flaws became the flashlight that I use to examine myself freely, without outside judgment. The pain of my past remains in the stepping stones to my future, I must get over them to reach my intended destination, but they'll help me along the way. Every passing moment is a memory lost, true dreams can only be discovered by subletting the fading memories. Visualize the future by staring at the garden on the other side of the river, look past the slippery stones and watch the water flow by. Use the past and present to truly understand your alternate reality. We are capable of synchronicity and unified creation. We are meant to coexist.

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