Defining what matters
Updated: Sep 18, 2019
"If you're at a crossroads in your career or relationship, if your struggling with finances, with addiction, or to take control of your health, the journey to lasting change begins with defining what matters the most to you. All of us have a limited number of years here on earth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you want to do with yours?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How do you want to spend your precious, ever-unfolding future?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is. And it's yours for the finding.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you're ready."
—Oprah Winfrey, The Path Made Clear
I've been thinking a lot lately about what it will take to live the life of one's dreams. Things like the boldness to step out. The discipline to learn and to act. Thick skin to endure jibs and jabs. Boundless creativity and resourcefulness for when things don't pan out as hoped!
It's all well and good to think about what inner resources and character traits it will take to bring your dreams to bear—but it's more important to consider what ends they will serve. What matters enough to you that you are willing to be bold, disciplined, thick-skinned and confident in your pursuit?
I've come to the conclusion that what matters most to me is freedom. I want to be free to truly embrace life, nurture relationships and walk in faith. I long to create something of beauty in the world and know that I'm consistently reaching beyond constraints and fears. I do not wish to spend another day saddled by the expectations of others or weighed down by excuses—it has become imperative to me that I enter each day with lightness in my being and a sense of wonder at creation. I want to make a habit of shattering my own preconceived notions about the best model for making a living and a life in this world. Like Rudyard Kipling, I want to fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
Surely, I'm not the only one? What matters enough to you that you are willing to walk away from that which no longer serves you?