I went to college. I went to grad school. Along the way I discovered I could write. Then I moved to the other side of the country to pursue my passions.
None of this was specifically by design.
The whole reason I initially did these things was because a few key people gave me the ability to realize I even was capable of such things. They told me I could.
Up until that point, although the idea may have entered into my mind at one point or another, I had no realization that I actually could. Even though I may have desired to do certain things, the faith that I could did not exist.
Neither of my parents went to college. I did not know any writers. These things were not part of my world. But once the ideas and the faith in my own ability to make it happen were ignited, my desires that had so long lay dormant created a blazing fire of passion and ambition.
I'm convinced most people go through life doing what they think is expected of them. They might go to college. They get the 9-to-5 job with the health insurance and 401k. They buy that new car. They go into debt. All the while, it seems to me the majority of people are living lives of quiet desperation, thinking of what could be. Why do you think the phrase "living for the weekend" was coined?
I don’t want to spend my life living in desperation or living for the weekend. I want to spend it living in the here and now, every day doing things that make me feel inspired. Things that make me feel like I am making a difference in the world. I see doing anything else as a waste of my time.
In last week's blog I wrote of the importance of focusing on what you really want for your life. I also mentioned my friend, Rob Hohne, a law student and beginning farmer, and his Kickstarter project he calls Truck & Barter Farms. It will help him start an inner-city farm in New Orleans. Rob reached his fundraising goal of $10,000 and then some, with two days to spare.
Stories like Rob’s are a testament to the wealth of opportunities available to us in today’s economy. Indeed, there remain many challenges but the individuals with burning desire and faith in their ability will have an advantage over the rest.