For most of us, there is a standard set of rules to life. A guideline to life so to say. We are born, get educated, employed, start a family and wait for retirement. Not necessarily in that order of course.
There is no room for imagination or risk, all we know is to take care of our responsibilities and fit into society. Stay in the confines of security and you have no need for stress about bills, right?
Does that mean you have no stress in your current situation? Or is it just that right now you stress about the bills of others instead of your own? Or do you still stress about survival of you and your family regardless? Security does have pro’s, as well as cons. It’s up to us to decide which outweighs which.
Most people are quite content with the life of chasing the career, car, house… that is actually their dream. For some though, it is not enough. For them, even getting the better car, house or whatever target they thought they had, is not enough. Something is always missing. Getting stuck in a hamster wheel of upgrades and increases feels shallow for them. They need to actually feel like their life is making a difference, like they matter.
No matter where you fit in, you have a
responsibility obligation to keep learning, growing, questioning and improving. Find what truly makes you happy, because as we grow, so do our needs. Of course, understanding the difference between happy and content is crucial.
When people are asked what they love, more often than not (aside from the initial obligatory answer: wife, mom, children, or whatever it is they think you want to hear) it’s I DON’T KNOW. So, I ask… how can you be happy if you don’t know what you love… and not who you love, WHAT!
A week ago, I was a frustrated aircraft engineer, struggling to make ends meet, and I found myself in an existential crisis…Wondering what the point of it all was. Surely my life’s purpose would be more than to just follow what I was taught to believe was my future? My reality was to grow old and die conforming to what was expected of me.Was that my legacy?
Was I happy? Not in the least. When I leave this world, would I have made any kind of mark? No way! And that led me to here…. to now…. an unemployed, hopeful chef, trying to change the reality the world perceives as normal. Trying to shift the world’s focus, and make a small difference in the process.
Am I happy though? Undoubtedly! Nervous? Of course… in fact horrified. This could all be some kind of mid life crisis, I am well aware. It could also be an epiphany… and I owe it to myself to explore that possibility.
Nobody knows what the future holds, but it is irresponsible to let fear keep us from what could potentially be world peace? We are only limited by our immaginations. I know, that may seem ludicrous or absurd, but who knows what the future holds? The beauty of potential is that anything is possible and possibilites… are endless. So dare to dream, who knows, you could be just what the world is waiting for.
So here I am, Aspiring chef and triathlete, trying to change the way we see ourselves and where we fit into life. Trying to alter the reality of the world, starting with myself. Trying to make my mark on the world by creating what I hope to be a brand, a way of life… hopefully a new future. For myself. For you all.. and who knows, maybe even for the world.
I do ask though, that you give me a follow on this journey. I ask that you please give me feedback. I ask that you comment, I would love to have open discussions, learn about everyone’s perceptions, I’d love to learn from all of you, how to alter my reality. Evolve. Grow. And in the process, make my mark on the world.
I leave you with a quote that has been vital in my process… Paulo Coelho … ” and to those who believe adventure is dangerous, I say, try routine, that will kill you far more quickly!” from Manuscripts found in Accra.