The only people for me are the mad ones,
the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk,
mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time.
The ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles
exploding like spiders across the sky.”
I’ve always been drawn to passionate people. I love meeting them at parties, reading about them in magazines, watching them on TV. It’s why I started This Renegade Love in the first place – to be inspired by the stories of passionate people and pass them on to others.
But more than that, I’m intrigued about what motivates those people to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. What gives them that drive, that belief in themselves? How do they keep on pushing when the world gives them roadblock after roadblock? And what lessons have they learned from failures that have motivated them more than their successes?
So when I saw the first episode of CBC’s newest drama, 21 Thunder, I was like, “YAAAAASSS!” On the surface, 21 Thunder (which airs at 9PM/9:30 NT) is about an elite soccer team in Montreal, but it’s the themes of the show that have me hooked. Besides all the sex, crime, race and drama (not to mention the super attractive and diverse cast), the show focuses on the lives of young athletes who are following their dreams and will do whatever it takes to succeed – something I can absolutely relate to in my own career. The characters deal with struggles and roadblocks that aren’t unlike many of the things we all deal with in our lives – there’s a female coach who has to work harder to prove herself because of her gender, a rising star whose personal life is holding him back, and a fresh player from the Ivory Coast who feels like an outsider in a new place… but all who are determined to succeed. Not hard to see why I love it, huh?
To kick off the launch of 21 Thunder and explore the show’s overarching theme of chasing glory, I reached out to a group of driven young Torontonians, ranging from creatives to entrepreneurs, to hear more about what motivates them to follow their dreams, to get back up when they’ve fallen down, and to constantly be trying new things.