The beauty of childhood is that you say whatever you think without self-censorship. Particularly regarding the question of what you want to be when you grow up.
You aren’t restricted by limiting beliefs, money, talent, time – you just name whatever it is and believe you can be it.
I remember as exchange as clear as day.
I was around 15 years old, and my homeroom teacher made rounds asking each student the question.
My heart was pounding as I waited my turn because I knew that my response would not be popular, nor impressive. But I was an honest little girl and decided to just blurt out what was in my heart. And secretly I wanted to see how others would react.
Then my turn came.
‘I want to be a DJ,’ I said nonchalantly, feigning confidence.
The class immediately broke into laughs, chuckles and giggles.
And my poor teacher had a mortified look on his face, which he hid well by hiding asking thoughtful follow-up questions to get to the core of my desire.
See, I was a top student in my class, and in the whole school. And naturally, everyone assumed that I would pursue a ‘respectable’ career path like medicine, law etc
But truth was, apart from wanting to be a neurosurgeon sometime when I was around 11years old, the pull towards the arts/languages had always been stronger for me. I loved, and still love words and stories and our relation to it all.
And at this particular point, being a disk jockey sounded like it would be a lot of fun, and cool.
I didn’t grow up to become a DJ, obviously, but my desire not to conform, and to try out new things hasn’t waned.
If you are familiar with my story, you’ll know that after pursuing my journalism degree, I went on to become a self-taught photographer, and I stuck with that for 6 years before deciding in 2017 to switch gears.
And 2017 was a year of soul-searching, trying to figure out what to do next with my life, and getting down to asking questions about my ‘WHY’.
Life is about growth – from other people’s experiences and our own.
This has been in my heart for maybe 2 years now, and I’ve been chicken to do it because I knew it would stretch me. But this is 2018, and the timing just feels right.
A lot of the time, clues to our life’s purpose lies in our passions and in our pain. And if you rewind your life tape and look at your childhood, you are able to recognize where your true life’s calling lies.
This challenge is going to stretch you to explore some of the things you’ve ALWAYS wanted to do, but you were held back by fear, excuses and whatever superstitious BS you had.
And the desire, whatever it is, doesn’t have to be grand, it just has to be true to you. It can be a skill you’ve always wanted to acquire, something you’ve always wanted to complete, a character trait you’ve always wanted to develop etc.
How will it work?
Here’s how it’s going to work.
For the next 6 months, you are going to do 6 things that you’ve ALWAYS wanted to do.
For some of you, even this step might be a challenge because you might have been focusing on surviving for so long that you’ve forgotten to allow yourself to pursue those things that bring you joy.
Just ONE thing a month. You can do that right?
Can you imagine what the end of 12 months will look like if you commit to this process? The skills you’ll acquire and the fun you’ll actually have?
I’m giddy thinking about it all!
And I’ll be there with you all the way, cheering you on, and sharing my progress too.
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Looking forward to ‘seeing’you crush 2018, let’s do this!