My Life’s Path

Yesterday I was sitting at my breakfast nook table looking out my window at the cold and snow. I was drinking a cup of hot, herbal tea and pondering my life. I have always been so concerned with not working in the traditional sense and bringing in an income. I feel I am not contributing to society. Regardless of the volunteer I work do with my local Humane Society and with my local Lions Club, I still feel it is not enough. I have many interests. However, not enough ambition. I want to contribute to society more and help more people. At the same time, I have no interest in working on another person’s time. I have this strong desire to work my own schedule. I will always be working for someone else. Working for someone else is not the issue. Whether my writing takes off or not, I will be working for someone else. As selfish as this sounds, I want to contribute to society more and help more people, but on my own time and my own work schedule.  I don’t care what everyone else does. I am concerned with me and my career life.

As I sat there looking out the window, a thought came to me that I am on the right path for my own life. I need to stop worrying about not working in the traditional sense, stop worrying what others think of me and go for what I want. I am on the right path for me. I am on the right path for my life. I believe all of my life experiences have shaped me to who I am today. They have shaped my interests and change my life course. In 35 years I have been through a lot. I have been through more than what most people think. I believe I am putting too much pressure on certain area’s of my life and not enough pressure on other parts. I am putting too much pressure on being someone I do not want to be and not enough pressure on being the person who I want to be. I need to let go of the stereotypes I put on myself and the stereotypes society puts on me. My life will work out if I I let certain things go and accept I am who I am.

I do not think I am alone when it comes to battling with what we want to do with our lives versus what society thinks we should do with our lives. I am here to tell you that we all need to let go of that. We need to go after what we want, not what society, our friends, family, or neighbors think we should be doing. I believe I am on the right path. I need to stop searching for my life’s purpose because I found it. I just need more ambition, more drive, and more confidence to go after it. What would this world be like if we all went after what we want instead of doing what society thinks we should be doing? Find your purpose. Find your ambition. What is that you want out of life? Stop worrying about all the “what if’s?” and let go of all that. It is time for not only me, but all of us to get out of our comfort zone and go after what we want!

Success

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According to my dictionary app, success is defined as “the accomplishments of one’s goals,” and “the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like”.  What is success to you? Success to me is going for your dreams whether you fail or not. Trying is succeeding. Does failure really happen or do we stop trying and give up? Success does not have to mean power and money. Success is doing something you have always wanted to do. It is taking a leap, a chance, and having faith it will work out.

I believe we are all successful at something. Even if we don’t think we have found our way in life, you are reaching towards your goals whether you feel like you are or not. Everyone has been knocked down, dragged in the mud, and stepped on.  It is what we do next that defines success. Do we stay down and give up? Or do we get back on our feet again and keep trying? I have been known to stay down for a while, but I always get back up. I don’t give up. I keep trying. Maybe I wallow in self pity for too long, but I always jump over that hurdle and keep going.

Whether it is a student who failed a test or is failing a class, an employee who lost their job, someone being diagnosed with a terminal disease, or someone who is struggling to lose weight. Whatever issue you are dealing with it is important and you can reach your goal & be successful. Setting small goals may help you along the way. Finding inspiration is a positive step in the right direction. Meeting people who can help you reach your goals is a huge benefit.

The bottom line is what countless people have said along the way, don’t give up. I’ve heard it over and over again, but I am not sure I really believed in it until now. I’m not really sure I believed in myself until now. Don’t let it take 35 years for you to believe in success. Believe in it now.