I recently heard someone I greatly respect wondering where life had gone. He said, “Before you know it…you are old.”
He began to think about all of the things he hadn’t done yet and all of the ideas he just kept in his mind. I myself began to think about how time flies in this fast paced world. If you are not careful, life can pass you by…and for the majority of society, it does.
Life doesn’t have to be this way.
In this day and age it is easy to “float through life.” Instead of making life happen it seem most of society lets life happen to it. All adventures can seemingly be lived simply by turning on the computer or television and the will to stand up for things one believes in seems to be almost extinct. Don’t rock the boat seems to be the mantra of the day…in fact as long as we are on a boat at all, no one seems to care how we got here or where we are going.
In today’s world it seems like life can run on autopilot. It’s the same thing over and over again, day after day… the same routine. Get up, go to work, lunch break, back to work, go home, eat dinner, watch tv, go to bed, get up, go to work, and on and on and on.
We have become a nation of consumers, but there is an imbalance because we were also all born as creators. The problem is that creating takes work and consuming does not. Sure, you work for money to spend on consumption, but what do you put back into the creative pool? Are you really content just living your life through watching a fictional tv or game character? Eating food someone else cooks? Only listening to music someone else writes or sings?
Now I know some of you are thinking, “I’m not creative!” I have news for you. We all have an inner creative spark. We are all created to be creative! What inner creative spark lies within you? What makes you smile when you think about it? Go back to your childhood…what did you like to do and how much more did your imagination guide your life back then?
If your are doing what you love and truly making a difference in the world…then great, that is what this post is about. If you feel trapped in a routine from day to day then I encourage you to break it and find your true spark. I’m not saying quit what you do, but I am saying find time to nurture your spark and let it grow. We each have creative gifts that life tends to squash in order for us to become part of the crowd. Nurture your spark, shine, become great at what you love, foster your passion; make a difference in the world!
You are here for a reason. I said you! You are not an employee number, you are not a cog in a machine, and you are not replaceable. You have something unique to offer that no one else can do the way you do …if only you feed the spark.
Now, you can sit on the couch wondering where your life is going or where all the time has gone, or you can get up and do something about it. You are only limited by your determination. Life will throw you obstacles and excuses every step of the way and you can choose to embrace them or defy them. Obstacles are part of the journey, they should not stop you. Don’t give up.
Write your own music, take acting classes, write a book, sing, find a way to incorporate what you love into your job, find out what policies politicians are pushing through and then get involved in your community to make sure your ideals are represented. Follow your dreams and make them reality! BE LIFE and pour into other’s lives, don’t just watch life go by from the sidelines.
The secret is that life is a balance of consumption AND creation. The other secret? “Before you know it… you are old” does not have to be a phrase or thought of regret. You are never too old to start being something great!