Where Is Your Light Directing You Today?

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It’s perhaps enough that we ask ourselves what career path we want to choose and what our true passions are that we don’t need others asking us all the same unfortunate questions.There’s just too much pressure to know off hand what we’re going to be doing for the rest of our lives. Sure, the economy seems to be statistically doing just fine and jobs are being “created” by the ever accumulating problems of being human, but opportunity and money both seem scarce us. We’re all scared.

We never needed to label the things we loved doing and we certainly didn’t need the word “passion” to know it. Excuses are what these questions are. No one starts questioning what their “passions” are until they’ve gotten old enough to be scared they don’t have any.

Here are some other fun excuses we commonly make:

  • I’m raising children.
  • I’m in debt.
  • This passion thing isn’t going to pay.
  • I’m thirty years old and should be doing something serious with my life.

When we were children we never thought that one day we’d grow up, hold jobs and pay bills, but guess what happened? I speak for many others when I say we feel overcome by our own excuses everyday. Full of disappointment in ourselves. We hate to think it’s too late for something or worse–we were never good enough. Perhaps there is no use in telling everyone that we are all good enough for something and maybe there is no solution to this issue, but there is still one thing we can do to persist and try. Pretend to be the child you once were without setting aside the wisdom you’ve gained in adulthood.

I don’t recall when I started asking what my career is going to be but at some point we all did. Logically speaking, we know job security doesn’t exist but we still pine after it nonetheless. We’ve ended up making a lot of choices “just in case”.

Remember the last generation that pined after secure factory jobs? Decades later we are questioning why that was ever a desirable prospect. Pretty soon we’ll look back and think the same of our cushy corporate jobs under florescent lights. We have to work hard to make a job work for us, not the other way around.

I never thought about careers as a kid, just what I wanted to do. Later, when I actually began to think about careers, I thought much less about what I wanted to do. How ironic. I’ve counted the number of jobs I’ve had since I entered post secondary. Jobs, not careers. A lot of what I’ve done didn’t exist when I was a kid. Heck, some of the jobs out there right now didn’t exist even five years ago. So whenever I try to start planning a year ahead, I always end up guessing wrong. There is no helping what will lie ahead.

We all have a light within us that we’ve perhaps buried over the years. What path is your light illuminating today? Sometimes it directs us to experiences we’ve had before for reflection and others for our curious and creative desires. But it never points to meetings and the fact that our co-workers don’t like us.

Improve your life by dedicating a larger portion of your day to walking on the path your light shines upon. Maybe some days you can only give it 10 percent and perhaps you can give it your all on the weekends. As with all things in life, we can work towards improving this over the years.

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The Nature of Dreaming

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Whether you’re graduating from high school or college and just stepping into adulthood, the truth is there’s something left unsaid in commencement speeches. Among all the books, laughs, nostalgic thoughts only the optimistic future is openly addressed. How about those of us those are still lost? Regardless of the level of optimism we begin adulthood with, we will soon learn what ‘day in, day out’ truly means to the average individual. Routine, frustration, exhaustion. It is one thing to dream big but has anyone ever told you about the pure anger and disappointment before the day they found success? The journey to success is the process of living, not just the remainder of your life after becoming a millionaire.

We’ve been misguided to believe that dreams are supposed to be lived and carried out a certain way.

As people with dreams and ambitions we encompass pieces of passion, dedication and patience. We claim to others that we are destined for said dreams, yet seek how-to’s in hopes of validation that such ambitions are worthwhile in their eyes. Truth be told, satisfaction comes in many forms and the idea of unfulfilled dreams should not be a sufficient reason for anyone to stop trying.

In our world, there will forever be a more abundant supply of talent than demand for them. Talented so many of us are, but talent again, is not immune to rejection and failure. What we envisioned our lives to be in our youth is not the ‘be all end all’. Seeking a day job that falls beyond the scope of our original passions doesn’t equate to having no ambition. Why? Because inherently, we’re chasing the idealized concept of dreams to find happiness and satisfaction.

My idea of a dream is to travel, write, and develop my own business all in a day’s work. Naturally most people would assume I’ve enjoyed writing since I could pick up a pencil — that being published is what all writers envision to be success. But the desire to write never occurred to me until a little over a year ago. It made me realize that we don’t have to continue having unconscious dreams to which we have seemingly no control over. We have the power to make a conscious decision and desire dreams beyond visions of our youth. Our dreams can be selected.

True passion cannot be defined by any one individual and ‘day in, day out’ is just the cherry on top of our conceptualized dreams. Assumptions are always made involving giving up on dreams because it makes for a realistic future. If we’d only realize sooner that dreams aren’t fluffy clouds we land on, but more of a flower bed of thorns — beautiful on the outside, potentially harmful on the inside.

So let us realize one thing: the grueling days will still exist regardless of whether we choose to make a conscious decision to hold onto the dreams or not. And whether you realize it or not, you like me, we all have futures ahead of us. The dream isn’t to be measured by the number of outlandish things accomplished. Contentment isn’t to settle. Dreams have a cost.

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