I was driving into the office this morning, and I asked the universe for some sort of guideline. I turned on the radio, and Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" came on the radio, and it hit me. I have to admit, Bon Jovi says it best, "It's my life, I ain't gonna live forever," and you need to heed his advice and follow your heart.
Stop living by someone else's rules, regulations, and way of life. Adopting this method means you'll have to ignore other people's thinking. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. What matters is what you think. Once you realize this, then you'll start living for you.
So many people put their happiness and hopes on the backburner because they are so afraid of what people are going to say about them, and they back off. By backing off, they miss out on all the excitement they could potentially attract into their lives. They're afraid of what their wife might say, or what their kids might say, or what their friends might say, if they decide to put everyday life on hold to follow something that is not guaranteed. As long as you're not hurting anyone else, do what is right for you. If you don't, you are essentially living your life for someone else.
People with jobs, a family and responsibilities, I'm not telling you to quit and walk out on everything you are held accountable for. You take care of your own at all costs. I'm talking about making time to do the things that you want to do, and regularly.
I'm going hunting next week. If I were to let someone else persuade me into staying home for reasons that are beyond my scope of responsibility, then I'm allowing someone else to dictate what I can and cannot do; what I will and will not do. And that's no way to live. You will have many great opportunities to add some fun to your life. Allow yourself to capitalize on them.
Passion is a large spectrum including all of the things that you truly love to do, and everyone is different.
If I walked down the streets of Philadelphia today and picked some individuals out of the crowd and asked them, "Are you living your passions? Are you truly doing what you love to do, or making time for the things that you love to do," I truly wonder how many people would answer with a, "Yes."
This morning, on my way to the office, I was stuck in traffic. For a good portion of my commute, my speed never exceeded five miles an hour and I was constantly pushing the breaks. Metaphorically speaking, that's how a lot of people live their lives; going five miles an hour, never pushing the limit, stuck in "traffic" with the pressures all around them, and ALWAYS on the breaks. When you decide to let go, consider your own opinion a priority, and live a little bit, I promise you, that "traffic" will dissipate and you'll be cruising right along.
When I ask someone to join me in a fun activity, like fishing trips or hunting trips etc., and their response is, "I have to ask permission from such-and-such," I really start to feel for that person. Change it around! Respond by saying, "Let me see if we have any commitments or prior engagements." If you do, then you have a legitimate reason to pass on this trip. By all means, communicate with your loved ones about your decisions, whereabouts, and all other details, but make sure your choices are yours, and not someone else's.
How do you start? It's simple. Just DO IT, TAKE ACTION. Live it to the fullest. Be spontaneous. The rewards are incredible! Because once it's gone, you won't be able get it back. That beach sunset that you missed out on, might not be there tomorrow. It's your life. LIVE IT