Just for the day. Just at the conference. Let yourself be the person you deeply wish you were.
What would you be? What would you be like? We all have this desire inside us of what we ultimately want to be, but we don’t show it.
Whatever the reason is (and there always is one), something keeps us from letting that desire transcend from our secret-self to our true-self.
When you want to be an artist and your dad reminds you “You can’t make any money doing that.”
When you want to be an athlete and your friends laugh.
When you want to start a business and people tell you your ideas stink.
…and you believe them.
Road to nowhere
The world tells you your dream is just that – a dream. Dwelling on dreams will land you in your parents basement in your 30s, but that’s about it. There’s no room for dreams in our world.
So you put it away. You quit thinking about it. You ignore the desires rooted in the deepest part of who you are in favor of a “traditional” career path.
Your big, fat, important job
The ironic thing is you’ve got the keys to an epic life in our pocket the whole time. You were born with dreams, passions, and gifts unique to you. Your mind solves problems like no one else’s can. You create what no one else could.
You were created to fill a role that only you can fill. If you neglect it for something “safe” and “typical,” your role is left unfilled.
Put another way – you owe it to us (the rest of us) to fill your role because without you we’re one guy short.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive”
– Howard Thurman
As the year comes to a close most people enter a sort of reflective period. We watch shows about the “Best of 2011” as we ring in the new year.
This year instead of spending time deciding which commercial was the funniest, or which new artist was the best, think about this:
The secret longing of your heart, whether it’s to build a boat and sail it, to write a symphony and play it, to plant a field and care for it – those are the things you were made to do. That’s what you’re here for.
– John Eldredge (Wild at Heart)
If that’s true, what would you be “here for”? Think about it. Write it down – if you dare!