"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment", Ralph Waldo Emerson
There has been so much written about finding your purpose, your passion and how to do what you love and love what you do. Remember the cheeky little mantra, "Do what you Love and the money will follow"? Or how about "Don't Worry, Be Happy". No disrespect to the authors at all, but honestly, this actually made me furious - at the time to me, this seemed so trite, and "they" made it seem so simple. I acknowledge that this was good advice and written with the most loving of intentions, but for where I was at, this did NOT resonate with me. I would mutter under angry breath, "If it is so $@!* easy, why are there so many miserable people everywhere, including me". Hmmm.. I "loved" dogs, cats, walking on the beach, nature, music, tortilla chips and many other things. I would say to myself, "Yeah right, how am I going to make money walking dogs on the beach while listening to music and eating tortilla chips"? It seemed to me "they" were already successful authors, clergy, motivational speakers, wealthy, famous, etc. I would think "what about the rest of us who were working like dogs just barely scraping by, in jobs we hate and/or relationships that were at the very best a compromise of who and what we feel inside we are and deserve? If this sounds familiar, read on, as I will offer you a different perspective - one from someone (aka yours truly) who did it WRONG, the hard way for 40 + years, and pretty much ALMOST missed the boat - the ability to BE who you are without apology or compromise, and yes, doing what you love with JOY.