From Hugh MacLeod’s Gaping Void:
It’s good to be young and full of dreams. Dreams of one day doing something “insanely great”. Dreams of love, beauty, achievement and contribution. But understand they have a life of their own, and they’re not very good at following instructions. Love them, revere them, nurture them, respect them, but don’t ever become a slave to them. Otherwise you’ll kill them off prematurely, before they get the chance to come true.
I love that. Nurture the things you love, but don’t let those things tie you down. It’s unfortunate because that seems to happen to kids just as much as adults. If you want to increase your odds of making your kid resent a sport he loves, sign him up so that he never takes a break from it the entire year. The goal is to maintain that passion, and sometimes you have to walk away for awhile in order to do that.