What Do You Desire?
As many of you may already know, I’ve been going through some growing pains this year. I prefer to call it a “personal growth journey” but it’s definitely been a pain in my ass at times. I came to the realization earlier this year that I wasn’t living up to my full potential and that I had more important things to do with my time than spend day after day at a corporate job that paid the bills but often made me miserable. And even the times it didn’t make me miserable, I was bored and unfulfilled.
The thing is when you come to this kind of realization and you really embrace it, like I did, you can’t turn back.
I mean, maybe you can turn back and decide the journey is too hard – because it is definitely much, much harder than the original path. But you won’t ever forget what you learned and what you realized about life, which is that we are in control of our happiness, our present and our future. And that we don’t have to do what we’re “supposed” to do.
Clearly, it’s not as easy as quitting your job and following your passion. I did the first part but the second part is much trickier.
Lucky for me, I have this pretty fantastic life coach who happens to be on her own journey and is able to remind me that I need to chill the **ck out, stop over thinking everything, and live in the present. (She has a little better tact than that but you get the point.) She also has an awesome blog that she posts stuff like this video to and it reminds me that I’m doing the right thing, even if it’s really, really scary and really, really hard. I’ve seen this video before but I couldn’t have needed it more today and that’s just how things happen when you’re open to them happening. So, please – I beg you – take 3 minutes and watch this video.
Good stuff, right?
So, what is it that you desire? What would you do if money didn’t matter?
These are actually hard questions to answer for a lot of people, including myself, and only recently have I begun to figure it out. Though I must admit I have a long way to go. For me, part of the challenge was having the balls to say it out loud. I hate to admit it (like I really, really hate to admit it), but I care a lot about what people think and telling someone what I’m passionate about feels a little silly, and vulnerable. But I think it’s pretty much the first and most important step.
So, here’s what I would do with my life if money didn’t matter:
First and foremost, I’d write. I’d write about my life, about the people I meet, the places I go, and what I’ve learned. I’d also try to write fiction. And I’d want to help inspire others to write.
Other things I’d do with my time if money didn’t matter:
- I’d speak. In public… to whoever would listen.
- I’d teach. In some way or another.
- I’d travel. To any and everywhere. Then I’d speak and write about it.
Now it’s your turn. Write below in a comment and share with me what you would be doing right now this very second if money didn’t matter. I hope you’ll share but even if you don’t want to, give yourself the benefit of thinking about it and not forgetting what you stumble upon.