Why You Need To Pursue Your Passions

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Scrolling through the endless feed of bohemian-style clothes, eco-friendly products, advanced yoga postures, and aqua waters of Bali has convinced me of one thing: I want to be and do a lot.

It's almost overwhelming at times.

I've started making “manifestation lists” on my iPhone of everything I want in life. As I add one bullet point after the next, I think to myself: How will I ever get through this list?

There's a societal construct that tells us how to live and how important it is to stay focused. Focused on obtaining a job, getting married, buying a house...blah, blah, blah. We all know the story. In the book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, by Vishen Lakhiani this story is called the "culturescape" and serves as a safety corral for our dreams and desires. We don't pursue the overly-excited manifestation lists in our phones because it would be too much.

Too much work, too scattered, too out of the ordinary.

But that's not fair!

Ignoring these desires is unnatural, although society has deemed stuffing away our creative and explorative psyche as normal. It's not "okay" to push away a desire to learn because you've already obtained a degree. It's not "okay" to walk down a path that doesn't serve you because it was carved by someone that says it's your truth. Rather than ignoring that inner fire, that curiosity that lives deep within the conscious, we need to poke it, prod it, and ask it as many questions as it will allow us to until it grabs us by the hand and shows us to our true path of living.

What excites you? What do you wish you could do? If you could take a course, what would it be in?

If you don’t ask these questions, you are silencing the passion within you and moving away, rather than towards, your desires. At a certain point, enough denying of your calling will banish it altogether leaving you with, well, boredom.

All too often, when you allow yourself into the conscious mind to explore your desires you retreat as if you had never even opened the door. Why is this? Fear of wasting time, wasting effort, or bruising the ego are a few detriments. What you don’t realize is that by continuing to allow yourself to pursue these avenues of excitement you will only find pleasure as well as a better understanding of who you are. The who of you will be entirely written by you, rather than a story that has been overplayed by society.

Our passions, whether that be learning how to macrame or holding a sacred cacao ceremony, are what ignite us and bring the light behind our eyes to life. It's the quirks and the charm of our essential being and our personality. We need to have these desires - and pursue them as best we can - in order to live a wholly-fulfilling life.

“Never apologize for burning too brightly or collapsing into yourself every night. That is how galaxies are made.” - Tyler Kent White

In the next month, I will learn how to macrame, take a course on Adobe Premiere, and book a trip to the Grand Canyon to see Havasupai Falls. All over the place? Completely. Exciting? Absolutely. So I pose you this question, what will you do in the next 30 days that excites and awakens you?