Christopher Plummer’s Passion

I recently listened to Jian Ghomeshi’s interview with 81 year old Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and found Plummer’s perspective on ‘work’ fascinating.

Ghomeshi started out by reading the list of projects Plummer is currently involved in and asked: “I get pleasantly exhausted reading what you’ve been up to lately.  What fuels you to work so hard these days?”  Plummer responded:  “First of all to keep as young as I possibly can.  I also adore my work.  I’ve always had such fun doing it.”  In the mind of 81 year old Plummer, “retirement means death”.  Plummer’s vitality is impressive…he is doing more work at the age of 81 than actors half his age!        

In our culture, the words work and fun are typically not used in the same sentence.   It’s rare to hear someone refer to their work as something they adore or have fun doing.    In fact, the opposite is true.    We’ve gotten used to absurd ideas such as young people saying they look forward to retirement.   I think the underlying problem is that most people are unhappy with what they are doing right now.  So, they view retirement as a way out.   Presumably if more people enjoyed their professions as much as Christopher Plummer does, retirement would be considered an end to – not a beginning of – a happy life.

Now, I’m not foolish enough to suggest that everyone in this world has a choice in selecting their profession.   Many are forced to take jobs which they don’t like, because that’s what’s required to survive from one day to the next.   My argument is directed toward the fortunate people who can choose.  Those who can decide to either suffer through a lifetime of passion-less work, dreaming of the day they begin to live.  Or stop wasting another day doing something they are not passionate about.

Gandhi said: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”.   I hope you find happiness in what you do.

To view the full interview, visit

2 Responses to “Christopher Plummer’s Passion”
  1. Kamakshi says:

    Lovely post….thanks for sharing such a wonderful story, feels good to read something like this first thing in the morning!

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