I’ve been doing A LOT of thinking lately about where I want to go with my life -what I want to do, who I want to do it with and how I want to spend my days. it can be a confronting process - to look yourself in the mirror and ask for the truth. so many of us just go about our lives following the path that’s been laid out for us - by our families and friends, by those who went before us, by society.
having found myself on a road to nowhere, it’s time to get serious and throw my fears aside.
in this period of soul-searching i’ve read a lot and sought the opinions of my family and friends. some of the most powerful ideas i’ve encountered came from a speech made by Steve Jobs to a graduating class of Stanford, the link to which my mum emailed me. some of the things he said:
"You cant connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle. Follow your heart; you’ll know when you find it.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition – they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish. “
all of it rings so true to where I am at right now - i’ve been putting the dots together in the most sensible way i know how, trying to follow the well-worn path. but it doesn’t work that way. i need to follow my heart and trust that the dots will connect - that all of this will somehow make sense down the line. the irony is, in trying to piece the dots together in a logical way, i’ve taken myself down an even more random path and my whole journey has been skewed. i’m lost! but the quest to find myself is the most exciting i’ve ever imagined.
in life, every little experience, relationship and moment contributes to who you are. every bad decision teaches us a lesson and even the smallest triumph assures us that we’re on the right track. regret is futile and hope is imperative - your true purpose is waiting for you if you look hard enough.
so, i’ll just keep on searching for mine.
i’ll let you know when i find it.