So often times it happens that we find ourselves living our lives in chains and we never even know, or chose to ignore that we have the key to escape. This is something I have thought about and even struggles a bit over the past few weeks. Regardless, I woke up yesterday, not sure what time, but I will be giving this a great deal more of my attention in the coming year.
From the outside, I believe that most people see our accomplishments and while they may or may not be proud of what we have accomplished, or even remembered by the time the year comes to an end, they truly believe that we are doing what we should be doing. But, for some of us, I would venture to say that what they don’t see is just how much you have to give up in order to achieve something.
I've often found myself mesmerized by some of the things the people in my immediate and reachable world are able to accomplish on any given day. In fact, you can often find me cheering them on and being truly happy for them when they achieve their success. Clearly, in those moments, while not vocalized, I believe that is where the person is meant to be and doing what they are doing. I know for a fact that many of my family, friends and colleagues feel that same way about the things I accomplish. In all honesty, it is true that I enjoy what I do and have done in my life, but I am now able to freely admit that I have not been pursuing my passion.
That old saying "you only live once" has been playing in my head over and over again this week and guess what? I know that I am not getting any younger. We should really pay attention to those four words, because we all know that there are no guarantees from day to day. And I will be the first to admit that I have far too much experience under my belt to be listening to the ongoing and repetitive negativity and supposed "wisdom" of some of those who 1) do not even know me and 2) have not even walked a day in my shoes.
I am by no means saying that I know it all or that I have "wasted: any part of my life. I am merely speaking from my experience and I am very proud of all I have been able to do over the past 50+ years. However, even during those accomplished years, I have also believed that it’s ok to think about what you want to do…until it’s time to start doing what you were meant to do. What better time for a new year and another new beginning. I know I have not shared that "passion" with you now, but I believe the time will come for me to share that very soon.
So, take a moment and ask yourself when you are outside and look up at the stars, are you able to see beyond them -- realize that there is so much more out there that you may be capable of and should be doing? Or do you look up, see them for their beauty and go back to your life, believing that you are happy in doing what you’re doing?
Life, while it is wonderful, our universe can also have its down sides for us from time to time. I try to think of them as life being one big risk that we have to allow ourselves to believe in and take a chance, in order to assume that risk. I know that I feel blessed to have and be able to assume that risk.