I was out for a walk the other weekend, and someone said to me… “You need to let go more.”
I knew exactly what they meant when they said it, but I thought I’d ask anyway… “What do you mean?”
“You work too much. It’s all you do. You need to let go and enjoy life.”
I knew it.
I said nothing. I just smiled to myself and carried on walking.
I could have put a big middle finger up and said ‘f*%k you’. I could have got into some heated conversation about it. I could have said “my work is my enjoyment, and happiness in life.” But there was no point. I wouldn’t win. I never would, not with someone who celebrates the end of the week, and feels low come Sunday night.
And it’s not just that one person, I get it thrown my way a lot, and so do a lot other people I know who are living their purpose.
It breaks my heart.
It breaks my heart knowing that so many people walk around living life for the day they have off work and spending their entire week, every week, counting down the hours, the minutes, literally until it’s time to grab their bag in a hurry and finish work for the week.
And when people throw comments at me like “I need to let go more” I don’t put up a fight anymore, because I don’t expect people to understand.
I’ve been there before. Hell, I hated school. The best part of my day was the school bell ringing, plugging in my headphones and walking home from school so I didn’t have to face it for 2 days. And then by the time Sunday came, I’d spend the entire day wishing ‘tomorrow’ didn’t have to come round so soon.
What a waste. But I get it, it’s easy to fall into the trap. I never really knew if I could do the kinda thing I do now without a degree, but I was determined to spend every spare moment I had, figuring out if I could.
I’m not writing this blog to prove a point, to go on about how blessed I am to be doing something that I want to engross myself in everyday, or how ‘great’ I am cos’ I got there, and I’m still figuring things out.
I’m writing this to tell you you’re wasting precious time if you think that work is something you HAVE to do, to get by.
You don’t have to allocate 40, 50, 60, 70, 80% of your time to doing something you dread.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself this? — If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If it’s playing games online — you can make a living doing it.
If it’s travelling the world and taking photos of your journey — you can make a living doing it.
If it’s Yoga or an activity — you can make a living doing it.
Anything — you can make a living doing it.
You might have to work a few jobs at a time while you figure out what it is, you might have persevere and grit your teeth while you do it, and even though it’s hard work — YOUR HAPPINESS is worth it.
We live in a world where we have so much opportunity to make magic happen, we’re blinded by it. And in fact, it’s selfish if you ignore it.
I’m not telling you to do what your passion is — not all of us even know what that is…
I’m telling you to take the step to figure it out, so you’re not just cheering for Fridays, you’re cheering for everyday.
I don’t have it all figured out. I’m just grateful I love what I do during my week’s, and that I love that I have the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual everyday I’m doing it (you do too). I’ll even put it out there, I’d love to make something of writing while doing what I do, and never stop.
Nothing makes me happier than doing, dedicating my full self, pursing growth, and being curious…
That’s what drives me. Now go find what drives you. And even if you don’t find it, at least you can say you never wasted a moment not being curious.
Go make your own magic happen. ✌️
Love ya zillions,
*Featured image: That’s me lunching with my Girl, Rachel, and Andrew Vertson — One of California’s greatest PT Clinic Owners, in San Diego.
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