If you had told me when I first started working that work could be so much fun I wouldn’t have believed you. Back then I had the mindset, as did most people, that you found a career and worked in it for the rest of your working life, with or without passion. Thankfully that way of thinking is behind us and now if you are brave enough you can create work that you love, and a whole new adventure for yourself at any life stage.
The older style of career counselling focused on skills and how to utilise those skills to create a new career. What I discovered is that you don’t need to have the skills or specific knowledge to change careers. As long as you have a strong desire, the willingness to do the work, the courage to take the plunge and persist, you can always acquire knowledge. What is most important is finding a job, career, business and lifestyle where you can fill your most important needs. If you can fill one need that is great, but when you find work that fulfils multiple needs, you discover your passion.
What I never realised when I was younger is how important creativity and intellectual stimulation are for me. I dabbled in sketching and painting, although I wasn’t very good I found a passion for it. I wanted to write but all of my bosses told me to forget it. However, I always felt that I was meant to write and as I pursued that avenue people came into my life to help me develop my writing skills. I expected that to be as far as my creativity went. Now a whole new world has opened its doors to me.
When I first started coaching I discovered that it was a creative process. Being able to understand people and knowing how to motivate and guide clients required creativity and that was stimulating. Then I discovered that I actually enjoyed writing courses. I love learning and research. I love teaching. I love meeting people from all walks of life. Last year I started making training videos and found them to be a lot of fun. Now I am thinking of creating a cartoon series for teens to teach them how to love their lives and every time I think about it, I feel joy bubbling up inside me. There is no end to the opportunities ahead of me.
The Passion Factor
I was having a chat with someone when I said, “I want to die kicking and screaming saying ‘I’m not finished yet’”. I could die tomorrow and be content with the person that I am and the contribution I have made with my life, while at the same time I want to do so much more. I want to live every moment of my life feeling alive, feeling this effervescence bubbling up within me. This feeling was not given to me exclusively, you can have it too. It takes courage to risk failure, to face your fears, to break free from the tribe, and there are challenges to face.
I thought long and hard about writing Love the Life You Live because I wondered how could I, as an obese woman, tell people how to love their lives. I have had people say to me, ‘You don’t look the way you’re supposed to look’. At the time it hurt momentarily, but that blip was nothing compared to the feeling I get when a book reader tells me how much my book has changed their life.
Choose to be part of the minority who live a life filled with joy because you dared to trust yourself. Engaging in your passion on a regular basis is what makes you feel alive.