This is for those who want to find their inner child and for those brave souls who, despite what life is throwing their way, still dream big. You may be working somewhere but you’re looking for a change. You might be looking to start your own business or even travel and experience the world. Perhaps you want to live overseas or you want move out of the town where you live.
Life has a way of happening to you or because of you. It doesn’t wait. When you want things to happen, sometimes they don’t. And when you least expect things, life happens. Somehow, it always seems that “now” is not the best time for changing things. Tomorrow will be better, but somehow tomorrow never comes. When I am looking to make a change, I tend to write down the pluses versus the minuses and that helps me determine my next steps. If you happen to be the analytical type, I would recommend you go through this process because seeing it in writing helps you visually see the pros and cons.
But, be careful of paralysis of analysis. Over-analyzing change often leads to no change at all. So, a more thoughtful and less stressful way to handle things before you embark on your dreams and trying to turn them into reality, would to test the waters a little. Think it over, research, but put a plan together and a timeline. Determine calculated risk. Again, I do not suggest that you disappear to the Pacific all of a sudden or invest every penny of your savings on the idea of starting a business. These are not calculated risks. But in the beginning, take smaller steps to realize the dream, determining the best thing for you and if it is something you can handle without jeopardizing personal relationships with loved ones will go a long way to ultimately making it happen. And, as results unfold, measure progress – accept failures, make adjustments and then continue to execute on your larger plans.
Of course you know your priorities but realize this, if you don’t follow your soul and your calling, who will? If not now, when? I can also tell you this – the experiences you would live and the regiment you would follow, will make you grow and that is a necessary ingredient in life. And, the feeling of personal freedom – to trying to lead some part of your life on your terms – is priceless. All of this does not come easy. I wish, I could tell you otherwise. You probably will work harder than you ever did, but you would be working for you toward your goals and dreams. It is a great feeling for those who can act on their dreams and turn them into reality.
Fear is natural, but you have to take a step and let it be OK because the alternative would probably be to never try.
There are so many things to explore – starting a side business, losing yourself on a trip to Italy, enrolling in a cooking class in France and starting to learn French. Or perhaps going to Barcelona and checking out the Spanish culture, staying on a Greek island and writing a book, or while at a convention in South America adding a couple of weeks to strictly explore Buenos Aires and learn how to tango. Try it, don’t let it get erased from your memory because it will only become more difficult to act on it later – someday. Again, often, “someday” never comes.
No one knows what life will bring us tomorrow. As Louise Erdrich wrote, “And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Posted: April 9, 2014
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