I had yoga, plus reading and commenting on blogs, for breakfast.
Catching up on blogs I appreciate, brought me coincidently(?) to the same question, which served me well to kick off another week.
The question I like to ask myself and others: have we find our talent, passion, dreams and purpose, and do we let it live? Or are we following another life path?
Whilst having an imaginary cuppa with Estelea, a thoughtful blogger from Estelea’s blog, she wisely implied that single tasking is the new multitasking. Read more of what she has to say at Cheers to a New Single-Tasking Kind of Day!
I got even more so into the mood that “Life is one, don’t blow it”, when reading an update on fellow blogger Ray Ferrer’s health condition. You may not know that he recently discovered a brain tumor. He is a full-time artist and his wife had to stop working to help him full-time. They need help. Head to his blog and either buy his art or donate at GoFundMe.
The post ‘Choose the Hard Path’ drove me deeper. Written with the refined sensitivity of photographer, journalist and artist Otto von Münchow at his blog In Flow, he points out that we take shortcuts as opposed to the hard-path: “There is something with us human being that is almost ingrained in our nature. We tend to take the easy way. Why shouldn’t we? Why make it hard when we can make it easy? I think this most human feature stems from prehistoric times, when we were still hunters and gatherers.”
I left a comment there, which I am bringing back here and writing a bit more on that.
The almost unconscious and unnoticed social pressure to conform to average standards, brings most people to average and unhappy life paths. Some not even discovering that their unhappiness comes from not having yet found out what they are good at, nor what their passion is.
The ones who know it already though, and still don’t follow it, do this sometimes because of the pressure to deliver, to perform, to be someone, to make money, to have a job (and there are many full-time occupations not being considered as a job!).
Fear plays a role too. How any people do not follow their artistic vocations for fear? How many people do not leave inadequate jobs for fear?
Somehow, the hunters and gatherers of the past had it easier on the social pressure aspect, whilst it was harder, to count as resources, only on wild plants and animals. We live exactly in the opposite state.
In our westerner social context, we have abundant resources and pressure. Taking no shortcut is about accepting that we don’t need to have all that is on offer to consume; that we don’t need to do what everyone does; that we don’t need to follow the paths lined up by others for us; that we don’t need to bother about people’s opinion on us; that we don’t need to be someone else but ourselves.
The biggest pressure we feel though is, of self-acceptance; realizing that, frees us up from the perception that we need to be accepted by others nor need to surrender to the perceived societal pressures.
Choosing to be oneself is a hard way to live, but it is still the only authentic and rewarding way.
So, what life path ticket do you have?
Did you buy a ready-made one, or are you shaping your life path?
This post is inspired by Trablogger, who is in a journey to find his dreams and miracles in Dubai.