Have you ever asked yourself, “Is this all there is?”
Do you feel trapped in your life? Maybe you’ve made choices that you believe can’t be changed or maybe you’ve been raised to believe that “you made your bed so you’ll have to lay in it.”
Are you stumbling along, perpetually watching time and waiting for the next “something,” whether it’s the end of the work day, or the weekend or a vacation?
Are you going through the motions of your life, getting up each day and going to work to pay your bills so that one day you can retire and kick back?
What will you do when that day arrives?
How will you live that day differently from the days you’re living now?
I know these are not easy questions to answer because I’ve asked them all of myself in the last few years.
In July of 2009, I had an epiphany. For about a month prior, I was emotionally distraught, increasingly depressed and having serious thoughts of drinking again (after 18 years of sobriety).
I struggled to wrap my arms around what could possibly be wrong with me. I had all the trappings of a good life, one others would love to emulate–great job, dream house, traveling for a living, a life mate . . . the list goes on.
The problem? I was slowly dying inside because I was faking my truth.
For years I let everyone believe that I was happy with everything as it was.
I believed I was happy until one day in late July when I woke with this question on my heart: Do you want to live the second half of your life as you have the first?
That’s a pretty stunning question when it comes out of the blue.
As I let the question sink in, I knew that I’d been fooling myself while allowing everyone to believe that my life was grand.
Yes, my life was good–and for most people, good enough. But where were its weight and depth and color? Where had my childlike sense of adventure gone? And what about my dreams? The decades were rolling by and as I approached the end of another one I realized, with a deep measure of sadness, that I was mourning a life of dreams unrealized. That was the cause of my depression.
I knew I had to make major life changes in order to reintroduce sanity into my life (I subscribe to the belief that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.).
In less than six weeks, I literally walked away from my life and entered a new one 600 miles away. There were four constants in the life switch: my job, a few true friends and family, my sobriety and my faith.
Was I scared? Yes, to the core. But my inner voice kept telling me to follow my truth, to believe in myself, to go for it! And in the months that followed, I lost count of the number of people who said, “Gosh, I wish I could do what you’ve done. You are so brave.”
Here’s the thing: You can do what I did.
You can follow your heart and live a life in full-blown color.
You can do the same. I know it’s not a simple decision, nor is it an easy one.
Think about these questions:
Is your life good or is it simply good enough?
Are you happy with how you show up to your life today?
If you’re looking to figure out what your purpose is, there are plenty of experts to help you. That’s not my area of expertise.
I’ll be open and candid about the glory as well as the challenges of being present to your life. I’ll be the first to tell you that some days are hard as hell. But you can be present to those days too. We’ll walk through them together.
Here’s my truth: I want to help you balance life “out there” with the peace of your being, the part that resides “in here.”
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