In the second part of her heart-to heart, passionate sommelier and wine expert Catherine Agelasto reveals what it takes to go after your passion, and how people have been a key part of her experience.
What tips would you give someone trying to live their passion to the fullest?
The best advice I can give to someone trying to live their passion to the fullest is to not think about it twice and just go for it. People shouldn’t obsess over how to live their passion to the fullest, because that is something that will occur naturally. If they are driven by passion, it will work out in the end. It always does. People should just listen to their heart and not be afraid. They should have faith in themselves, and do what it takes to make it happen. It won’t always be easy everyday, but it will definitely be worth it.
Does your activity/passion involve meeting people from around the world?
France is a famous destination worldwide, partly due to its long-standing wine tradition. There are people who come to France just to taste wine. Some of them are just looking for a good time, while others are looking to learn all about the story behind a specific wine. We are lucky, because France has such a lush wine culture. Every wine carries a story, and therein lies the magic of French wine. Thanks to my career, I not only get to meet people from all around the world who come to France to learn about wine, but also people from all around France, such as other passionate wine-producers.
At LocalBini, we believe that people you meet are what you remember the most. They are the ones that turn your trip into a memorable experience. Who are the people who have had the greatest impact on you in your previous travels?
One person I distinctly remember from my pervious travels is my tour guide in Egypt. She was just so passionate about her country; I felt like I could listen to her for hours. She wasn’t just giving me historical facts, she was sharing stories both about the local culture and her personal life. It was all so fascinating to hear. I remember thinking “I wish my history teacher was more like her!”.
Another memorable encounter I had was with with a Swiss man during my holiday in Switzerland 15 years ago. At this stage of my life, my job wasn’t very emotionally fulfilling. I explained to him that I was thinking of leaving my job, and his first reaction was to ask me what my gut had to say about it. I replied that my gut was giving me a strong feeling that this was the right thing to do! He immediately responded that I should listen to my gut. The very simple question the man had asked me helped me assure myself that I should quit then my job to pursue what I really wanted to do!
Take a look at the first part of Catherine Agelasto’s Interview.