Earlier this week, I mentioned that my visit to Los Angeles was a huge success. Not only was it sunny and relaxing, but it represented a new path that I’m setting myself on. It’s a path I’d already been working on over the last couple of months, and getting back to blogging was a part of it.
I came back to writing and blogging to fill a void that I felt was desperately missing. As the first year in the real world had flown by, I realized that the pace of work and trying to just “keep up” was hindering other avenues of my life. Creativity, relationships and most importantly, purpose, seemed to be at all time lows. I had to ask myself, how can I hit pause, reset, and then hit play again on my own life? I decided that in order to rediscover purpose, I had to take inventory of everything. There came a point where some tough decisions had to be made.
I asked myself questions like:
- What do I actually have passion for?
- Who and what is bringing joy to my life?
- What are the risks of taking a leap of faith, or playing it safe?
- How do my daily decisions relate to larger ones down the road?
As a perfectionist who puts a lot of pressure on himself, getting to those answers wasn’t easy. Facing my reality and then answering those tough questions has been a challenge. But if I want to be a successful adult, I had to.
Once I got those answers and leaned on supportive friends and family, I knew that in order to get to a better place, I needed to fully devote myself to the cause and change courses. That has meant that in relationships, I want to find quality and honesty. In my day to day, it’s about taking what life throws at me and appreciating the challenges. Lastly, in my career, it’s about passion and purpose. I recently decided to devote myself fully to searching for my next job and although it’s perhaps one of my riskier moves, I deem it one of my best. Embracing the risk I’m taking is the only way I can develop and grow stronger.
Meeting new friends and having the support of old ones who have experienced similar situations has been such a wonderful way to get through this change. I’ve always been a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason” and I continue to repeat that as I step further into adulthood. Change is a thing you can count on. Now it’s time to count on myself too.