It is difficult to find peace and happiness within yourself. But it is impossible to find it anywhere else.
I used to have a grown up job…you know, one of those career things which most people rant and rave about. It gave me a steady income and what I thought of as security in life; enough to pay the bills, have a night out now and again, yearly holiday or two and, well, just live I suppose. The sort of job you do quite simply because….well, that’s what you do isn’t it? Work your way up the ladder, more money, more responsibility, more stress and then retire…if you make it that far.
But one day I realised that I was spending most of my life just waiting for my holidays and the weekends, which meant that I was actually wishing most of my life away.
WISHING MY LIFE AWAY
I was probably only going to be on the planet for 80 years or so if I was lucky, and I was spending most of that time wishing most of it would just hurry up and be over!
What a waste of a life. This wasn’t how I dreamt life was going to be like when I was a kid! I remember thinking that when I was grown up, life was going to be an adventure; full of amazing experiences, travelling the world, having the most exciting and thrilling job ever, meeting fascinating people, sailing the oceans, finding love and living on a white, sandy tropical beach, staring into the night sky and contemplating the deeper meaning of life.
Not working in a bitchy office all day, listening to people gossip about celebrities in “Hello” magazine and complain about how stressed they were and how much work they had to do! Really? Is this all that a three-year university education amounts to?
Then one day I said to myself, “F**k this shit! I want to live!”.
I jacked in my career, bought a one-way ticket to Asia and that was really the day my life began!
6 weeks later I arrived at Bangkok airport, with a 4 week teaching English certificate, a rucksack of clothes, £1,000 in traveller’s cheques and a strong determination to live life to the full. No regrets I told myself. I had no idea what I would do, how I would survive but I was so excited! The uncertainty of life became a thrill, not a fear.
From that day onwards, my life has been magical. I followed my heart with absolutely no idea where it was going to take me. Life challenged me, it thrilled me, the dreams I had as a child were all being fulfilled and they were 10 times better than I ever imagined. But most important was that I discovered who I was on the way. It took me to a beautiful place of serenity, gave me clarity of thought and the belief and strength within myself that I could do absolutely anything I wanted.
With determination and passion, you will never fail at anything!
Embracing change and jumping into the unknown will only lead you to greater courage, strength and belief in yourself. Never settle for security in life. There is none! You grow old, you get sick, you die and that’s just the lucky ones! Everything that you have and hold so dearly to you will all be taken away from you. Everything that you have worked so hard for, you will lose.
Think for yourself! Stop following. You are an incredible being with limitless power when you put your mind to it. Live life on your terms, follow your heart and look inside to discover who you are. Only then will you realise that the long-term happiness and peace of mind you seek… is within.