I want you to think about this one for a second. When you go to sleep tonight, what do you want to wake up doing tomorrow? Seriously. Don't give me the, "Well if I made more money, I'd be doing this" or "That's just too hypothetical for me to even imagine" answers.
I want you to really think about this one. If you woke up in a brand new situation tomorrow, what would you be doing?
I ask because I feel like so many people find excuses for why they are not doing what they want to do. I know because I've done it myself. I still do it every now and then, and for the past six months or so, I've finally just learned to say "screw it." I make things because I want to make them. Period. If you want to do something, then do it, but I believe we all need to sit back and ask ourselves why many of us aren't following our own dreams and ambitions.
Are we scared? Yes.
Many adults act like fear is for children, but when we dig deeper, we realize fear is very prevalent (if not more) in adults navigating this world. If you think about it, we are basically kids trapped in adult bodies with responsibilities and careers and bills, and when we get to be creative, much of that child-like behavior comes soaring back to us. When we create, we begin to feel like kids again.
Take a book like It for example; the scariest book I've ever read. The creativity and descriptiveness from Stephen King is a thing of legend and when I read It, I felt exactly like several of the characters in the novel. I could smell the fear and dread with the turn of each page, and at times, felt like I could literally smell the rank sewer stench that Pennywise evokes. That's some damn good writing. However, the fears that this writing uncovered were almost unsettling for me to think about. Why are we so scared of something or someone that isn't even real? Contrary to popular belief, Pennywise is not a real character and killer shape-shifting monsters/clowns do not live under the sewers of our towns.
But, what if they did? Wouldn't that be absolutely terrifying?
You see what I mean? The unknown can be pretty damned scary.
If you're still following along, thank you. I've been very conscious about creating this blog for individuals who like to step outside of their comfort zones and take a walk into a different world. I'm asking this question because I truly believe in its importance. What do you want to do every day and who do you want to become? While our passions are extremely important, so are our strives in personal growth, kindness, acceptance, love and more. We must first look within to find what is out there, and it all starts with asking "Who, what, why, when, where and how?"
Who am I going to become?
What do I want to do?
Why do I want to do it?
When will I start doing it?
Where can I start doing it?
How can I make it happen?
If you have 15 minutes or so today, take some time and write or type out these questions at work. I want you to answer them all and see how/if they connect. Is there something that has been hiding in your subconscious for years and you haven't untapped it until now? Is there something recently you have found a lot of passion for and could see yourself doing in a full-time role? If anything, this exercise is a good way to dream for the future, while also preparing for it.
These six questions might help open a door or uncover a hidden gem that's been waiting for you all along.