This is a Mary Oliver quote that I often find myself coming back to. Our lives truly are precious and they are meant to be wild. No, not in the wild way of orgies, drugs and recklessness; but with a primitive sort of wonder, joy, amusement and fulfillment.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live just to get by, and I don’t want to live just to die. I want to have fun, love, be loved and live with a purpose. But, it is discovering that purpose which often confuses the hell out of everyone.
So, how do we live with passion? How do we know what we are called to do? And once you know, how do you do it, but still make ends meet in this crazy beautiful world?
Anyone have answers? Because I don’t!
That’s why we will dissect this together…
Do any of you sit at your job and wonder, ”Is this it?”
Maybe you daydream about being able to make a living from: writing, running, cooking, crafting, hunting, fishing, taking photos, making jewelry, designing clothes, drawing, speaking, dancing, singing, rock-climbing, cycling, inventing, sculpting, traveling, fighting for justice, daydreaming.
By the way….I’d be so rich if I could make money for daydreaming. Like, really really really rich!
But, that’s not the point. The point is: STOP daydreaming and DO those things.
Use your time wisely so that you make time to do it…otherwise you’ll end up feeling stuck like Earl.
I know many of us work very long, odd hours; and many of you are doting parents and spouses; but trust me, you’ll be a much better version of you if you give yourself that you time: your personal, raw quality time in your wild and precious life. (Wow that was a lot of ”you’s” in one sentence).
My point is: if you are just ho-humming through life (not literally ho’ing, I hope) then you aren’t doing anyone a favor. The only step closer you are ever going to get to your dream job is to actually continue to pursue and act on that hobby or passion on a regular basis, and then and only then, it may eventually pan out. And if it doesn’t, at least your life is that much more fulfilling because you made the time for your underwater basket-weaving instead of just groping & whining while staring at your cubicle walls. Play off your strengths at work, develop talents in your career and learn from mistakes you’ve made. But, never stop developing your passions and carving out time for your hobbies.
If I had it my way I’d be writing, traveling, volunteering, running and cooking, and the fat paychecks would just be rolling in.
But, realistically I know that doesn’t just happen. It takes time and work. And, it is something I’m willing to work for. I’m not going to quit my day job with false expectations that success is instantaneous (pretty big word, huh?). I’m just going to keep making a living while also getting better at my hobbies and my passions; and building communities and a support team around them.
You are where you are for a reason. None of us like kissing butt or pushing papers or crunching numbers or ordering office supplies, but it is where you are meant to be at this moment. Some days might seem mundane, but there will never be an April 29th, 2013 again, and you will never be in this moment ever again, so you better make it worth your while!Be fully present.
I’m seriously preaching to myself right now.
But, please don’t take this as me saying, ”You will never have your dream life, so you better get used to that commute.” What I’m saying is that you can create a version of your dream life now, by not ignoring your hobbies, goals and passions. It’s all about the baby steps my friends.
Let’s not let the ho’ing and humming take up all our time. Get out there and get wild!