Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Follow Your Bliss but how?

"We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us"  Joseph Campbell
2 things I didn't plan for having Tutu when he came and MIL getting sick
This is a statement I need to embrace. Have you ever felt like you are meant to do something more? That this is more to life then going through the motions at work and only living and enjoying life after those hours? I want more then this.
We have 168 hours in a week. If we sleep 8 hours a night, like we are suppose to, that takes us up to 56 hours leaving us 112 waking hours. I spend 9 hours a day commuting to and from work and working totaling 63 hours. That leaves me with 49 hours a week to enjoy my life. I spend more time going through the motions then I do enjoying my life. When I break it down like this I realize that I need to make some changes in my life.
My family is one of my passions and something that gives me great joy.
I was looking for a specific quote from Joseph Campbell for this post. I found many little gems from him which leads me to believe I need to find his book and read it. I heard this quote years ago, "Follow you bliss...doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else." This was the one I was originally look for. It's only until recently that I have come to start to understand it.
I WANT to follow my bliss, I want to do something more meaningful with my life. I have dreams and aspirations. I want to inspire women to embrace their creativity and play. I want to live a creative life and encourage others to do the same. I need to start taking baby steps towards this goal.
Painting brings me joy
 Crafting makes me happy
I've had some interest from people who want me to teach them and inspire them in making things. I would love to set up some local classes and retreats to do this and eventually expand into e-courses. The problem is I also have interests from people who want to purchase the crafty thins I make for myself.  I'm also taking a keen interest in photography.
 New found love of photography
My problem in I need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. You would think that at 34 years of age I would have that figured out, but I don't. Now in my older age I do know that I want to follow my bliss and lead a creative life. My problem now is to narrow down my skills, I am a jack of all trades, a master of none. I don't know which aspect I should focus on, I want to do them all.
For now I'm pouring my passion into this blog as I start to make some baby steps towards living my dream. 


Anonymous said...

I think this all the time. I am constantly trying to find myself, who I am and what I love. My husband works MANY hours a week and isn't home with us and it breaks my heart. Life is so short and we take advantage of our time here. If at all possible, follow your dreams!

Ania said...

I am trying, after my MIL passed away just after Christmas I've realized life is short and I need to do what I love. I can't wait for someday because it doesn't always come.

Carrie B said...

Never keep trying to find it, either. :) Our "bliss" changes as we grow older, wiser, and put our priorities in different places. Thank you for sharing this!

Ania said...

I had a friend ask me on FB what happens when I fulfill my dream and I advised that new ones will come forward.