Are you living for someone else?

Are you doing things that you want to do, or are you doing things you’ve been told you “should” do?

Have you ever really asked yourself why you do the things you’re doing? Is it truly what your heart desires? I was confronted with the realization after many years of trudging through university that I, in fact, hated it. I had been telling myself I would go to university since I was a little kid, I had it all planned out. My parents, like most parents, always encouraged me to go off to university . I’m glad that I went and gave university an honest shot, but I soon realized it just wasn’t what I wanted for myself. This isn’t to say I’ll never go back, but it’s just not the right time for me.

How many times have you done something simply because that’s “just what you’re supposed to do”? Do you really want to go to that party? or are you just going to avoid missing out? Do you really enjoy your job? or are you afraid of what people might say if you went for your dream job?

Sometimes it’s not completely obvious when we’re doing things for other people, especially when we’ve been doing it for a long time. If you were to imagine your younger self, who had so many aspirations and dreams for their future, would what you’re doing now excite them? would it even be on their list of goals? Now what about present-day you? if this was all your life ever consisted of, would you be satisfied? Do you wake up excited and energized or do you wake up dreading another day? It’s hard to admit you’re unhappy with the decisions you’ve made that led to where you are now, but that is what allows you to make a change.

If you knew that you’d be successful no matter what you decided to venture into, what would you choose? Would your life be similar to how it is now? or completely different? For myself the answer was completely different in almost every aspect. Once I accepted that I’d be happier trying something completely different than continuing on as I had, I got really excited to change.

The state of the globe is an unknown right now, and things are different. What better time to try something new? If you truly want something bad enough, you can make it work. We are now in a time where we have more time on our hands than any other point in the last 100 years. Those who are fortunate enough to still be working away from home will of course have less time on their hands, but even still being that we cannot go out the way we used to, making a little extra time has never been so easy.

So tell me, if you knew you could not fail, what would you do?

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