The complete meaning of passion

The word passion denotes an emotion of intense desire. Artists are passionate about their work. Activists are passionate about their cause. Lovers are passionate about each other.

But passion originally came from a Latin word that means “to suffer.” You know, like Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, that Mel Gibson film.

So passion means desire, and passion means suffering, both. For some reason, I just now got that, the double meaning.

Or maybe it’s not a double meaning. Maybe it’s the complete meaning. Maybe passion means desiring something so intensely that you’re willing to suffer, to sacrifice, to give up other things to pursue it.

What are you passionate about?