Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. -Jean de la Fontaine
Have you ever been so excited about a project or an idea that you are willing to risk everything you have, even your life on it? Have you examined your own life and discovered that “there has to be something better”? Socrates wrote that an unexamined life is not worth living. Does that sound too harsh?
Over the past few years helping adults find and pursue their passion in life, I have met so many who felt trapped in a career that felt like prison. They felt trapped in a life that wasn’t theirs. Way back in high school someone convinced them that they needed to be “realistic” and get a “real job”. Did that happen to you?
Nobody told me that, I told myself. I ended up in IT for over 25 years, a career I came to hate going to work to in the morning. It paid well but that was a trap in itself. Then, in the mid-80’s I discovered teaching. I first taught as a volunteer in a church, then within a business organization where I was employed. It wasn’t paying much if at all so I focused on my IT career for another decade. Then in the mid 90’s I applied for and was hired to teach in a local college. I was teaching IT, which was an area of strength for me, and it paid fairly. The best part was that within a few weeks, I KNEW that this was my purpose. I felt like I could and would do it forever -even for free. I found that place where my personality, my strengths and my passion united in a career.
Over the years, that passion developed into my current business of teaching online. My only regret is that I waited so long before jumping in.
Have you been sold a bill of goods? Are you in a life that is not yours? Did you set aside your talents and passion for a safe life? I am not saying to abandon your responsibilities and walk away from it all. However, how about doing it as a hobby, maybe start a part-time job doing it -whatever “it” is.
Don’t let life go by without living YOUR life. I will end with another quote, this time from Socrates. “An unexamined life is not worth living.”