Are you doing what you love in life? Or do you find you’ve put aside your dreams and aspirations for different reasons? Maybe you don’t have time, or you feel you have too many responsibilities to devote to other activities. Maybe you were told as a child that “Doing what you love is only for children. When you grow up, you have to become responsible.” If you think about it though, there are many people in the world doing what they love, and being responsible. So it is possible. Ask yourself how much better you’d feel if you were doing what you love? This can be something you’d want to do as a career, or something you’d like to take up as a hobby. Whichever it is, it doesn’t matter. If it excites you or fills you with joy, why wouldn’t you be doing it?
What is the price we pay for not being in touch with who we are and what we love doing on the deepest of levels? When we’re not doing what we love, it can feel as if a little part of our self dies. The feeling of being fully alive just isn’t there. But maybe you’re not sure what it is you’re passionate about. One of the keys to getting in touch with what makes our souls sing, is to remember what it was we loved as a child. What are the things you loved as a child, but might have forgotten? This is a good place to start and is usually in line with your passions – even as an adult. If you can’t come up with anything, think of something you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t done yet. What are the reasons you haven’t tried it yet? What’s one thing you can do that puts you more in touch with what you love? Do you have the courage to try something different? If not, why not? Maybe you were told “that’s for children“, or “it’s a “waste of time“?
Don’t let fear stand in the way of doing what you love
Fear is one of the things that can stand in our way of experimenting and just taking a chance. As we mature and go through life, there’s a tendency to shut down and shut out all of the things which brought us real joy. This can happen from disappointments or not being able to achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves. If you find you have some fears around taking a chance, try to examine them and see if you can let them go. If you’re having trouble releasing them, this is where an EFT session can be helpful. The unbiased view of another person can help to unravel what keeps you stuck in fear or hesitation when it comes to taking a chance.
It’s been said the key to knowing our true destiny is to follow our hearts. What brings us joy is ultimately what we’re meant to be doing. It’s the barometer for our lives.
I’ve found the things we’re most afraid of, tend to be the things which bring us the most growth and feelings of accomplishment when we work at doing them. Someone once said, “Don’t die with the music inside“. If we hold back our gifts and what really makes our hearts sing, we’re not only robbing ourselves of joy, but also the entire world around us. Think of the benefits if everyone explored their dreams. How many more discoveries would happen? How many more beautiful works of art would be present in the world? How much more alive do you think people would feel?
When I was a child, I spent hours every day looking at pictures of horses and ballet dancers. I’d draw pictures of them or read about them for hours on end. I went on to join one of the greatest ballet companies in the world. After I retired from dancing, I went into training horses and ended up competing and training on a National level. These were my dreams and I was lucky enough to have had a mother who encouraged dreams.
Pursue your dreams
Have the courage to explore and then pursue your dreams. It seems that whatever we love is what we’re meant to be doing – even when it doesn’t make sense to anyone else. The people who are the most successful at their careers, are the ones who follow their dreams with pure passion. Nothing stands in their way. There’s an aliveness to them. It’s contagious and inspiring.
One of the things you can do for yourself is to surround yourself with people who are pursuing their dreams and passions. People who understand how important it is to follow your dreams. It’s a wonderful way of supporting your growth and happiness. When you’re surrounded by people like this, there’s more of a tendency to feel comfortable and inspired to do what you love. Each of you supports each other just by having the enthusiasm to live life in this manner.
When I was growing up, I was fortunate to be surrounded by people who were passionately going after what they loved. They were artists and dancers who wholeheartedly followed their hearts and dreams. It was an honor to grow up around such courageous individuals. There was no other way – it’s all we knew. What a fun time we had in the process. Those of us who were dancers, have moved on to different careers – some includes a part of dance. Others are pursuing something in different fields. But these same people are now successful and accomplished in other areas of their lives. They learned at an early life to follow through – to have the courage to pursue what they loved and the discipline to see it through. As a result, they’re still following their hearts and doing something they love.
My hope is that more people will have the courage to explore their dreams and bring them out into the world. I hope you will give yourself permission to follow what you love.
To read about defining your passion, go to: What is your passion?