Not Happy? Then Do Something Else!
I remember the scene well: Strolling on a San Francisco beach with a girlfriend, lamenting the exhausting and never-ending struggle to balance career and family. At one point, I saw a little boy frolicking in the surf, letting out happy squeals as his mom threw him up in the air. I burst into tears.
“THAT’s what I want,” I cried. “I’m just not happy.”
“THEN DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT,” my wise friend said. “And if you don’t like it, do something different again.”
I must have looked at her like she had a thousand heads. “Do something different???” But I’d built a life around what I’d always been doing.
In the span of a heartbeat, the power of those three little words opened up whole my life. They gave me PERMISSION. POWER. FREEDOM.
I got butterflies at the possibilities… and get them still at the memory. Truly a pivotal moment.
We kept walking that morning, and at the end of the beach we saw a giant sphere with little bits of inspiration plastered all over it. The fortune in the second photo was the first thing to catch my eye: “Life is a series of choices. Today yours are good ones.”
So I chose. I leapt. I followed the voice in my heart. I traded the career that made me batty for a life of exploration and writing and teaching yoga. And here we are.
I won’t lie and say it’s been completely smooth-sailing since. There’s a lot of fear that goes along with trying new things, and there have been trade-offs. I’ve given up income and the security it brings. But I’ve more than made up for it in what I’ve gained.
A sense of peace.
Better defined priorities.
Remember, we are darn lucky to HAVE choices, we just have to be brave enough to MAKE them.