There is nothing more likely to advance your writer’s block than signing up for a 30-day blogging challenge! I have penned from the heart for many years, about topics as diverse as Home Renovation, Pets, Wildlife and even Amusing Children in Church, but having made the simple decision to offer this talent to assist fellow small businesses, I stop and ponder how I have travelled the road less taken and attempt to avoid this obstacle.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? And then, what happened? I must have been more in tune with myself all those years ago, as my younger self dreamt of creative pursuits. However, in the late seventies, career options were pretty much limited to banking, nursing or retail and so I stumbled along the latter pathway, not knowing or planning any better. Others follow their hearts and talents earlier than I, and yet still, at some stage, change their minds, having fallen out of love with their original goal. At what stage are we really “grown up” enough to know what is best for us?
I often joke that I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up. Many people change direction in spectacular fashion on reaching a landmark stage of their lives; often prompted by changes in health, age, employment or relationships. In my recent travels, I met an enchanting group of young children, who had suffered dire misfortune in their earlier years. I was struck by their positivity; just like their more privileged counterparts they chatted eagerly of hopes to become a singer, a dancer, a lawyer. It is my firm belief that we do not need to wait for some life-changing moment, or be born with the proverbial silver spoon, all that is needed is to want that change deeply enough, to take a slow breath and then listen to our inner child.
Carpe Diem (seize the day), and many other such well-worn, ancient phrases, surround us in this internet age. Research into any chosen activity is at our fingertips. Knowledge that would have called for many hours of library trawling, can now be accessed in the comfort of our own favourite seat. But how much of our lives do we waste just sedentary in our comfort zones? Many people stay in uncomfortable or unfulfilling situations simply waiting for that long-awaited lottery win, the knight in shining armour or the perfect opportunity to land in their lap. So how much is the good fortune in our lives down to fate, desperation or perspiration?
It is not my intent or place to preach on how to build a better life. Lord knows, my own bumpy path is not a shining example or fodder for a Dummy’s guide. Instead I urge you, if you yearn to live a happier, more fulfilling life, to take time to reflect and dream.
1. Listen to your heart
2. Identify what you are passionate about, it will probably also be where your talent lies.
3. Talk to others who know you, can encourage in an informed way and have no personal agenda related to your chosen path.
4. Do it, NOW! Make a start, do not put it off, for this time will be lost for ever.
5. Don’t give up. Nobody can say it will be easy, but persevere. You will know in your core when you are following the right route.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”