If there is a harder question to answer, I don’t know what it is. I have friends that have always known they wanted to be doctors, lawyers, and movie makers; and I often envy them. How much easier is it to find your way, when you have a clear destination in mind? It must feel great to only have to go to college, do well, get into medical school, do well, do a million hours of residency, and then be a doctor. And it has to be somewhat settling when you discover that’s your path when you are 13 or 14 years old.
But what about the rest of us?
What happens when you take a job and then another job and another?
And then you look around and you are 30 or 40 or 50 and still just doing a job.
And there is honor in all work. It is so impressive the types of things that people do to support their families. But at 50 should you really be trying to figure out what you want to be when you are grown up?
This is the part where I am supposed to tell some great story about how I was lost and now have this amazing career and everything is perfect professionally. And maybe one day I will, but that’s just not the case.
I am you.
I am the hard working customer service agent that wants to be a writer.
I am the law enforcement officer that really would love to own a restaurant.
I am the sales person that really doesn’t know what she wants to do, but is sure that selling cellphones or copiers is not it.
I am the person that stayed at their job for 25 years and then they closed the doors and I have to start over.
I am every one of those wild dreams you had when you were 12 but never thought they could come true.
It is a lot easier to have dreams than to chase them. And my point is not that everyone pick up today, forget your responsibilities, and become a trail guide; but I do think its important to take a look inside and see if you can answer the question. And to test yourself even further, look back in your life and see if you are where you were supposed to be.
We are all DOING something with our lives. And most people are trying to do well. We work hard, spend time with family, search for inner peace, and generally try to be good people. A lot of these actions are passive. You just do them because you always have. They are very important to you and your existence but they are not DO’s.
Do is an action word.
Life is about action.
So what are you doing? Who are you doing it with? What would you like to be doing? Where are you doing it? Does doing it make you proud and happy? Do you want to be doing something else?
There are so many amazing people in this world with talent that is only limited by their own minds. Before you limit yourself to doing the job that you have always done, isn’t it worth looking at what you could DO if you simply decided to try and DO it.