“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“How do I pursue my dreams of world travel without screwing up my career?” This is a question I have been asked often lately. How do you experience all you have dreamed of without blowing up your ability to live? Many of us constantly ask ourselves this. The world is as accessible as ever and yet most of us get trapped in an endless loop of career growth and life stagnation.
I have been working out of coffee shops lately to do some research for my book. I have put together a little three-question discussion I have with willing people. The question that really stumps them is “What would your ideal day look like?”
The answers vary greatly but the overall theme is the same. It typically involves expressing more passion and actually living that passion. Travel or artistic pursuits tend to make up the majority. When the conversation goes a little deeper many reveal their fear of disrupting their career path and ability to support themselves and others.
Do you live to work or work to live? For most it’s the latter but it feels like we eventually fall into a pattern where we live to work. Nothing kills dreams quicker than falling into this pattern.
Don’t get me wrong, you need to support yourselves and especially your loved ones but its not acceptable to forgo your passions. You can live your passions and dreams and still support yourself. You can have your world adventures and your daily excitement while not giving up on all you have worked for.
You need to determine what it is that is most important to you. Do you have potential regrets that will build until your deathbed? Have you gotten yourself in “too deep” and you feel like there is no possible way you can escape now?
Don’t get caught up in that social reinforced nonsense. I believe the world is changing and we are changing with it. I believe that with the advent of modern communication and the increase in available information our horizons and expectations about life are expanding.
It is a natural progression and the “simple life” just isn’t that simple anymore. If you want the simple life, that’s great. There is no harm in it. Yet, if the simple life is boring you, you have every right to add a little zest to it.
If you have fears to follow your passion, get in the habit of thinking about or writing out the worst-case scenario. Dropping out of your career path to circle the world will be the best education you ever receive and the worst-case scenario for your return will not be as bad as your mind makes it out to be.
If you have a burning passion to do something that it literally hurts inside for everyday you are not doing it, its time to take action. Monetary success and career goals are never as fulfilling as you anticipate so make sure you take the time to break up your months of monotony to experience what your heart desires. You’ll be a happier person for it.