Do What You Love, But First Find Out What That Is AND Enjoy The Journey En Route To….!
So…. I’m sure you guys noticed that I took yet another sabbatical, this time realizing that doing what I love and continuing to grow in the process is the real KEY. Actually, finding what you love – who, what when, where, why, and how (not all at the same time) probably precedes that; after which actually doing it. MOUTHFUL, I know…. But, hopefully, you’ll reread and it’ll makes sense lol.
Throughout this pandemic, I’ll admit I created a terrible routine for myself which included waking up each day expecting my problems to be solved and searching for that perfect thing, activity, and even job that was supposed to make life instantaneously “all better.” I’d hope for a surge of creativity to flow during the downtime. Sure, I concocted an overwhelming amount of ideas, but lacked any real roadmaps for execution. I actually thought if receiving any of the things I was searching for or attempting to create right away, I’d experience immediate happiness for some period of time. That became discouraging because, in reality life doesn’t work like that. In fact, I had an epiphany realizing that if life were that simple, that just might be a bore because there’s likely no one thing, experience, or activity that would keep me feeling passionate and engaged all the time aside from the thing that’s meant to. YOU GET ME!?! Figuring out what I love and creating a reoccurring connection with it was the disconnect I was missing for happiness and success; and of course GOD above all of that.
You’ve no doubt heard the advice: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Follow your passion. With hard work and determination, you can live the dream. Create a life of meaning. Find your calling. And so on…..The irony is that there is a fair amount of privilege to be found in the advice, “do what you love.”
In relation to my own life, I’ve not always had the privilege to do what I love, which would looks something like doing my part to heal the world in some capacity of being of service to others. This would be the “thing” I could do every single day for the rest of my life without having any surrounding mundane feelings. In retrospect, I’ve had to do what I had to do to pay the bills, pay back student loans, take care of rent, etc., so doing what I love hasn’t always been the forefront of my life. In navigating, I’ve discovered that it can be pretty dangerous territory when you place value judgments on how “meaningful” living life may or may not be. So I started thinking… What if we conditioned our minds to “do what we’re good at” or ” figure out what interests us right now” or simply “do what we actually LIKE.” Truth is some of us take forever to figure it all the way, but the beauty of life is that it’s a journey of becoming, of getting closer and closer to that thing you might eventually call “the dream,” through a series of experiences that help to distinguish between those things that we like, and those things that we don’t. It’s all data to assist in making more informed decisions about how we spend our time. When I recollect first entering the workforce, I definitely felt lost because I hadn’t collected enough data yet. BUT…. I was hopeful that one day I would stumble upon a passion one day, and it sorta just hit me over the head, like you are meant to and your passion is the love of helping others!
As Tony Robbins says, “Change is automatic, but progress is not. If you want to make progress, you need a plan, a strategy and ongoing habits to get the results you want.”
I guess all I was trying to convey, the bottom line of my quarantined-thought-provoked-epiphany, and actually the most important lesson I’ve learned all 2020, is that “DO WHAT YOU LOVE,” is far more than just a tagline. It’s a way of life. And it’s our single most important piece of advice to share with the world. It’s about the journey and figuring out along the way what exactly that is…..!
Peace and Forever Blessings,