Last November I wrote about being passionate at work, and I gave my best 2 examples as Steve Irwin and Jack Hanna. Well, as you might have already heard the sad news today, Steve Irwin died after getting stung by a stingray barb that went through his chest. He was filming an underwater documentry off of one of Australia's shores.
With him gone, the world has lost an environmental icon, a friend to nature, and a good example to people all around the world. He ended his life doing what he loved to do, and I'm sure he didn't hope for a better closure.
You see; that's the thing about passion. You don't only settle for what's required of you at the minimum, but you have the energy to push things to their limits. Unfortunately, sometimes you miscalculate where those limits are and pay a price as a result.
I'll miss watching his TV appearances, especially those with Conan O'Brien.