Let's jump right to it today.
I recently got into a somewhat heated conversation with a family member who doesn't quite agree with my approach to life. He stated the following:
following one's passion can be fickle and unreliable;
instead of chasing one's passions we should just bring our passions into what we do;
young people idealize what they don't have;
following passions may not be practical depending on where they are in life;
learning how to delay gratification is more important that living with passion.
What I think this well meaning family member may be missing is that creating and living an authentic life that is full of passion and love is a process. There will never be an end place here where we can say that we made it and are done. It isn't about achieving a certain status or place, or longing for what you don't have.
I've been on this path for 3+ years now, and what I've really learned is that this journey is a lot of work.
If I had stayed at my previous job, in my previous home, in my previous life it would have been so much easier. I've had moments where I wished I wasn't driven by so much passion and purpose. It can be exhausting at times to go against common standards. To live this lifestyle, you'll be growing, challenging yourself, and working your buns off.
But you know what else I've learned along the way? That there is so much happiness and joy in the present moment. That the process can (and should!) be full of love and trust rather than hate and fear.
We must always come at our self-work with loving intention. Otherwise, we are simply inflicting harm upon ourselves.
So to my family member and those who don't quite get it, I'll leave you with this. This is about a loving movement to wake up, to love the hell out of your life, to have intention behind how we live rather than be on autopilot, to find contentment and peace, to embrace self-discovery, to prioritize what matters most to us, to nourish our minds and bodies, and to trust and love the process.
This is about taking responsibility for our minds, bodies, and wellbeing, and creating and living a lifestyle to allow oneself to flourish on all levels. There's no finish line.
It's not meant for everyone, but everyone can do it.
Lots of love,