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University City man says it’s never too late to pursue your passion

Bill Scurry is a man on a mission. Although he is a real estate agent with 30 years of experience, he has a strong desire to explore his gift for writing poetry.

Scurry still enjoys helping people find a home, but he also wants to help others discover the importance of pursuing their passion.

Countless sources are available these days if you want to explore pursuing your gifts or passion. If you visit any bookstore or Google the topic, the list is endless.

Scurry describes passion as a God-given gift that nobody can give you or take away.

“Once you discover your gift, passion is the reaction to that. When you discover what it is, you can’t let it go,” Scurry said.

He clearly understands that many people primarily focus on making a living to keep a roof over their heads and don’t have time to pursue a passion.

“So many people take their dreams to their graves and never take hold of them,” he said.

He started writing poems in his 40s but never shared them. He has a degree in recreation from N.C. A&T State University but no professional training in writing poetry.

Tony Abbott teaches the poetry process class through the Queens Learning Institute at Queens University. He said, “To write poetry is to speak from the heart in language that is rich, inventive, original and powerful in its appeal to the senses.”

Last year, Scurry had a bout with oral cancer. After he came through that experience OK and experienced a series of other events, he said, he had an epiphany.

“I thought, ‘How can I honor God with this gift?’ ” he said. Now, at age 60, he has started working on more poetry, as well as a book, and he wrote a play for his church. Along the way, he met several people who have encouraged him. He plans to publish under the pen name “William Anthony.”

Scurry said, “I like writing poems and telling the story behind them because they have life lessons.”

He is developing a book that can be used by people from all walks of life.

“I want to write something to have lasting impact that will help support someone going through trials and hard times,” Scurry said. “It will be spiritual without being religious and will give people principles – joy, enthusiasm, acceptance and gratitude – that will stand the test of time.”

As a child in Buffalo, N.Y., Scurry said, he hid his passion for reading.

“I used to sneak and read under the covers because I didn’t want my mother to tell my best friends that I was reading,” Scurry said. He thought his friends would tease him for it. He still enjoys reading and believes that people who love to write love to read as well.

He offered one bit of advice that he shares with others about discovering their passion: “Try to consider things you used to do as a kid – things you really got energy from.” He loves having conversations about passions in life and poetry.

Scurry and his wife, Margo, have four children and one grandchild. He sometimes shares his poetry with his wife and daughter while he is working on it.

Throughout his illness Scurry believed that something was going to be better through his experience of pain. He said, “We don’t grow unless there is adversity. Sometimes the only beauty in a situation is our reaction to it.

“I have learned that once you find your passion – just do it. It’s a journey.”