Greater and more successful people have talked about it better that I ever could so I’m putting down some pretty nice quotes that have stuck to me over the past few years:
“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”
– Margaret Young
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
– Steve Jobs in his commencement address
I used to think it was a mountain, a thing I wanted to do, a thing I wanted to be, and as long as I was walking toward that mountain, it was okay. I told her she needs to figure out what her mountain is, and you can sort of judge these things by – does it take you away from the mountain?”
– Neil Gaiman on giving her daugher Hollie advice on what career to pursue
I have spent the better part of the last decade trying to discover the thing I was meant to do. I still don’t feel any closer to my “mountain” and lately I’ve been waking up with “no” as my answer for many days in a row. I’d love to wake up everyday knowing that I’m doing something I was meant to do. Wouldn’t that be beautiful?