Thursday, November 17, 2016

Find your passion

                                                            You will spend your life completely
                                                            wasting your time
                                                            You will be doing things that you don't like
                                                            doing in order to go on living that is to go
                                                            on doing things that you don't like doing
                                                            which is stupid
                                                            Better to have a short life full of what you
                                                            like doing than a long life spent in a
                                                            miserable way

                                                                                - Alan Watts



Recently I discovered this breathtaking quote by the late Alan Watts and couldn't stop thinking about the relevance that this quote poses to today's world.
More often than not we are told as young children and teenagers that we have to pick a 'real career'.... by that I assume society means a job that pays the bills, meaning a jobs that's probably not enjoyable to the masses. But that doesn't matter... or does it? See nowadays the world is centered around money, how much you can earn and how much you can spend, but that is not an accurate measure of life. Life is more than earning flimsy paper yet this is how we are trained to think by society's constraints. This is how we are thought to act.

I'm by no means implying that you shouldn't enjoy spending your hard earned money, in fact I think that money should be spent in a way that adds joy and happiness to your life. I also think that everybody should enjoy the means of earning said money just as much as spending it. By picking a career that poses no enjoyment or passion to your life is essentially wasting your own precious time.
When you think about it truly sounds ridiculous yet this is a worldly occurrence. To live a life that you are not content with is not really living at all, so why put yourself through that internal struggle.

Finding your passion, what makes you truly happy on a daily basis is sometimes not easy to discover. More often than not it requires us to explore a part of our mind not often explored because it scares us. It scares us because we don't want to fail, we don't want to be another percentage that didn't make it. Yet personally I think failure is a requirement in life, its part of the journey. If you don't experience failure you will never realise how much you truly want that goal, how much work you are willing to do to succeed. It unlocks a drive in us every time we overcome that hurdle of failure. When you fall, get back up, dust yourself off and keep going. It's important to never forget where you started, where you are now and where you are going to go.

So I ask you to ask yourselves "What makes me happy?", "What do I want to spend my life doing?" Once you truly ponder these questions and figure out your path in life everything will feel right.
Following your passion or dreams will bring your true unabashed happiness, and without even worrying about it the money will come soon afterwards.
The drive to succeed in life is important and necessary, yet not often discussed is that this drive comes from within. Its forever there and forever needs to be fed by your actions everyday. Never forget why you started something and let that push you to be your best you everyday.
Mary J xo

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