What's the difference between having a passion for something (shoes, music, goat cheese) and being eccentric? Is eccentric always bad? Is eccentricism a word? Am I merely filling up space? Probably. But let's discuss it further, shall we?
According to http://www.dictionary.com/ passion is described as: "strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music." Isn't that neat that the dictionary dot com people chose music to show passion? Neat!
And here's what they say about eccentricism (and no - eccentricism isn't a word, but we'll get to it's creation and origin and means for removal in a minute)... eccentric is: 1. deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person. 2. not having the same center; not concentric: used esp. of two circles or spheres at least one of which contains the centers of both.
So basically, in other words, otherwise stated, for those that are slower than most, a passion is a love for something and eccentricism is being possessively off-center because of your passion.
Thanks to the help of one very crucial ingredient, the metamorphosis from passion to eccentric can be seen in 3 easy steps. (How about a prize to the first person who can tell me the secret ingredient?)
- You have a passion. You love it, it excites you, you can't wait to get up in the morning. And since you still maintain a humble existence, you get all fired up about learning more of your passion. Neat!
- You become an expert on your passion. You start talking about it, you pontificate your passion to those who could care less. Humilty starts to fly down the crapper. Who knew humilty had wings!
- You think you're better than all humans in the universe! You are eccentric! You don't need to learn now because you know it all. The humility somehow escaped the sewage treatment plant (evidently wings don't help you swim). And all that passion you used to have? It too escaped the treatment. See, that jazzy passion is now required in order for you to have any sort of confidence. Trapped in passion space! With the pigs in space! Ahhh!
Now. In order to rid oneself of the eccentricism possession, one must call an eccentricism excorcist. Also called a therapist. Funny how they rhyme, isn't it?
Where am I going with this? Who knows! I just watched Into the Wild and I'm reading, like... three different self-help books.