A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".
Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.
Monday Mantra: Pursue your passions above all else
|As long as there is open road the familiar has the most formidable competitor. - Austin Kleon|
Things I love, in order:
1) Family, friends, furry babies
3) Lord of the Rings
Number two is significant.
A little while back I set a goal for myself: to have traveled to 35 countries before my 35th birthday. On one hand, I completely believed I could make it happen. On the other, it seemed a little impossible given the time constraints. I knew I would get close, definitely, but actually hitting my target seemed out of reach. Nonetheless, I persisted.
The universe does magical things when you want something bad enough, friends. When you love something with all your being. When you've committed your heart and soul to it.
I didn't just hit my goal, I surpassed it (and with a solid buffer of time, might I add). *high fives self*
Am I pleased? As punch.
Am I satisfied? No.
I've been to six of the seven continents, I've traveled to 38 different countries, some on multiple occasions, and I've seen half of my own country. Is this enough?
Never, never, never.
Number wise, 38 sounds like a lot, but I've done the math, friends. It's not even a fourth of the world. If we generously round up, we can pretend. But mathematically speaking, I've seen a blip of what's out there. This miraculous, gorgeous, incredible world of ours is filled with more places than I can likely see in my lifetime, but that's not going to stop me from trying.
For instance, when I nonchalantly tell someone I have a travel bucket list, I literally mean I have a seven page document outlining all the international and domestic places I need to see, places I've already been and want to revisit, and when I think I'm going to make these adventures happen (determined primarily by my impatience to see them). The love I feel for traveling is real and deep and profound and, therefore, must be embraced.
Now, I ask you: What do you love?
What do you think about day and night, night and day, endlessly?
Do you want to own your own bakery? Become a photographer? Run for office? Sail around the world?
Go after your dreams, my friends. Do the things you love. Create a plan, post that sucker on a wall, and work towards it daily in whatever way you can. Everyone starts somewhere. I started with one country. That's how it works; you start, then you keep going.
Are your dreams so big you fear they're unreachable and, therefore, you've never started the process of achieving them at all?
Change your mindset.
I'll never be able to see every inch of this world, every city. I most likely won't be able to see every country, either. While I'd like to, while that's the ultimate goal, it's all the things along the way that make this journey amazing. It's all the other things I end up accomplishing that I never even would have considered or realized or thought possible.
Pursue the things you're passionate about. Every step you take, regardless of how far you get, is a step in the right direction.