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Our New Reality - Becoming Never Stops

I'm sure you've heard the statement. It's been said to us by everyone from Oprah to Kelly Ripa. The phrase is just this side of cliché, but it still has some buzz to it, so it's not burned out yet. What I'm talking about are the four words that seem so simple to say, but this simple sentence has the appearance of being increasingly more difficult to accomplish:

DO WHAT YOU LOVE.


In a world that is now starting to make different demands from all of us, I'm here to announce that this is no longer a suggestion, a pipe dream, a lovely thought or a random concept. No. In Our New Reality, Doing What You Love is a SURVIVAL SKILL.

Inherently, we know and understand why that is. If we do what we love, we are going to be engaged and more interested in our work and that will allow us to do better, more quality work, which will make our roles more valuable as we do it. Just think about the wave of new college graduates that just picked up their diplomas. What's going to set you apart from them, or them apart from the rest of their class?

When times are difficult, people immediately start tensing up and moving away from their passions. But why is that? Is it because they think they have to "play it safe" and try to grab whatever job is available? Well, it's understandable that everyone needs an income, so survival jobs are important, but you have to treat what you love as a part of your job set. You have to make room for it somehow. If it means getting an hour less sleep a night, set the alarm and wake up for it. If it means less time for elements that used to define you, make the sacrifice.

The world needs everyone to be their best RIGHT NOW. So there's no point in continuing to languish in a job that doesn't utilize your skills, and doesn't motivate and inspire you to do better. You know this, either in the back of your mind or the front of your brain, you are already fully cognizant of everything I'm saying. It's just that fear tends to block. Fear is the great censor, there to challenge you to remain right where you are. What if it doesn't work? What if I fail? What if I don't earn enough money? and on and on.

There are reasons after reasons why you shouldn't do what you love. But there's one single reason why you should. And I know you know it. It's YOU. You want to do what you love. Your soul, your being, every molecule in your body is pointing, like a compass point to Magnetic North right at it... and if you haven't found exactly what you love yet, buried deep down in there is the feeling of exploration, to seek, to discover and uncover just what it is you're on the planet to do!

This is more than important, and if you look at all of the major events going on in the world, you can start to see just what it means. If everyone is doing what they love, just picture how efficient, how effective, how successful, how well-run (and how not well-oiled) this world would be!

Ultimately, this should lead to a complete revamp of the school system, where the basics are taught to all students, but we help them discover just what they enjoy the most, what special skills they may have to utilize and discover just where they would like to go. But that's another concept for another post.

Right now, we have to get you moving. The clock is running, but it's not too late. And that's the best part: it's never too late to start doing what you love. But you have to have the courage to try, and the bravery to block out the negatives that will surely be flung your way when you start taking those steps away from your current life into the one that will lead you to what you love.

So, The first step is the easy part, believe it or not. And the first step is just deciding to find out what it is that you love. If you decide you want to find out, then the exploration begins, and that may take weeks, months or years. There's no set time on how long it'll take you to find what you love. But when you do, you have to take it, grab it, embrace it tightly! This means something!

Step one. Let's just do that. Agree with me that you'll look for the something that you love.

Your life depends on it.

Comments

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ravengirl
Jun. 17th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
For all of the younger readers here, I'd like to add that, no matter how long you avoid it or think your dreams have finally died, they're still there, lying dormant, and you will ache every day of your life if you don't do something about it at some point in time.

Currently, I ache. I know the things that I love, but I don't necessarily know where I fit into it all. Talent? Not much, just a bit of a musical gift and not nearly what I hear and see around me every day. Interests? So many that they kept me from pursuing them, overwhelming me in numbers.

Film and music. Well, who doesn't love those things? And how on earth do I find, finally, my place in their world.

I do like what you say here, it does ring true. I just currently don't have an optimistic outlook for myself.

(Please delete this if it's out of place. I know I'm a downer these days!) *mwa*
penpusher
Jun. 18th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
The points you make and the comments you offer are directly connected to everything! So, no, you're not being a downer in any way here.

The bigger question is when does the ache you currently feel in your life manage to push you to action to stop it? The problem is there aren't road maps to get to your passion. Maybe it's uncharted territory, so you're hacking your way through a jungle or deep forest!

I guess the point I need to make (and remind myself also!) is that we may not know what we need to do, but we should have learned what isn't helping us get to that destination, and at least stop doing that! This will free up more time, and help focus the efforts.

Juggling is a good analogy for all of this. Nobody starts off juggling five balls. You begin with one. Same thing here. You figure out a place to begin... and it really doesn't matter what the first choice is, as long as you make one! Start with one thing and see where it takes you. Once that's incorporated into your life, you can add another, and so on. Don't let the numbers overwhelm you. Just go one at a time.

One final point: this isn't optimistic nor pessimistic. It's realistic. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Know yourself. Know what you want. Know the methods you can use. If you know all that, all that's left is the doing.
popstar
Jun. 17th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this :)
penpusher
Jun. 18th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading, and being there!
withoutwords
Jun. 17th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
*applauds*

"So there's no point in continuing to languish in a job that doesn't utilize your skills, and doesn't motivate and inspire you to do better." <--- I am here. However, I do have my reasons for staying...for now. :D

penpusher
Jun. 18th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
As long as you realize it, and are at least planning to change it, you're good.
herwonderfulday
Jun. 17th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm already doing what I love! Now what?!

Right now, we have to get you moving. The clock is running, but it's not too late. And that's the best part: it's never too late to start doing what you love. But you have to have the courage to try, and the bravery to block out the negatives that will surely be flung your way when you start taking those steps away from your current life into the one that will lead you to what you love.

That is so true. I got so many rejection letters before I finally got an acceptance letter. I did things I'd never done before for interviews. It was a long process. But totally worth it.

This is more than important, and if you look at all of the major events going on in the world, you can start to see just what it means. If everyone is doing what they love, just picture how efficient, how effective, how successful, how well-run (and how not well-oiled) this world would be!

Ultimately, this should lead to a complete revamp of the school system, where the basics are taught to all students, but we help them discover just what they enjoy the most, what special skills they may have to utilize and discover just where they would like to go. But that's another concept for another post.


Curious to see what that post looks like.

I'm somehow reminded of that scene from Office Space though. If people did what they love, there'd be no one to do the really icky jobs. Or at least a shortage. I think so anyway.

In college, I passed by a table of books at Barnes and Noble for Dads and Grads and the title of one book caught my eye. It was something like, "Should you do what you love for work, or work to do what you love?" I'm flipped through it ... it seemed to be weighing the pros and cons of doing what you love and getting paid for it (regardless of salary) vs working to afford to your passions that you may not find a career in (painting, for example).
penpusher
Jun. 18th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't talked about the flip side of this coin, but I'll get to it soon.

I think we're seeing the results of people who went into a career simply to make a lot of money and didn't really care about the work. Seriously, depending on the positions they had, they are a menace to society and possibly a hazard to the planet!

As for the scholastics of it all, I think this is a very sensitive area that will need some serious consideration. However, when you look at the state of our schools nationwide, pretty much anything would be an improvement.

More coming soon...
herwonderfulday
Jun. 18th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
dospaises
Jun. 18th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
THANK YOU!!!! I feel like a crazy person because I work w people who just work to pay bills, their dreams died a long time ago...I still ave mine and I working my way back to doing what I love for a living
penpusher
Jun. 18th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
This is a chronic situation for many of us... a 40 hour work week, time to eat and sleep, and maybe a week off in there somewhere, plus the occasional three day weekend. When you're in the rat race maze, it's hard to do anything but run for the cheese.

And so, we all have to figure out what's important to us, and how we can best make use of our time on this planet. It's a difficult process, especially when you don't always have the guidance you need and even more, when you have people advising you to do the exact wrong thing, the opposite thing from what you really should be doing!

Keep working. I'm working too!

Edited at 2010-06-18 08:41 pm (UTC)
dampscribbler
Jun. 19th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
What a great post, thanks. Mind if I ask what inspired it at this time?

I'm struggling right now with a lot of decisions about education, career, work, family, how to make it all fit together. But there's really nothing new about that. The most important piece is that now after 29 years out of college I know that the passion for storytelling isn't going away, and figuring out how to honor and respect it while also honoring and respecting my desire to be able to afford food, medicine, and thermostat adjustments (plus books, cupcakes, and a vacation involving a plane flight). It's all very interesting and often anxiety-provoking. Thanks for being one of those outside voices who confirm my inner knowledge of things like "that mad desire doesn't ever go away." It's nice to know that this is normal.
penpusher
Jun. 19th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Really, the inspiration has to do with the big things that are happening in the world, the elements of my personal life, which are changing again for me, and the sense that we are collectively at a crossroads at this moment. It feels like the world has changed a lot in a really short timespan, and we have to start making changes in our methods of approach or suffer the consequences of Status Quo.

Yes, we all need to earn our keep, but we have to find a way to fit the life we want to live into our life. Otherwise, we're just killing time on Planet Earth, and that's really not good enough!
twopiearr
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
the flaw in this mission statement is the assumption that you actually figure out what you love while you're still young enough to be an attractive candidate in the field. With my (lack of) the necessary specialized education and (lack of) the necessary connections, there is no way at 36 I'm getting a job as a director.

There's an outside chance I can figure something out once the content production industry evolves into whatever the post-copyright world is going to support, but that's not how I'd bet. So until I figure out something else that I love that might have a viable income attached to it, it's back to TVN...
penpusher
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
I knew I could always count on you.
twopiearr
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
what can i tell ya? yet another skill i have yet to figure how to turn profitable. :)
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