Born to Do It!!!
What were you born to do? What is your ‘it’?
In order to try to answer this question, you need to ask yourself: “what is it that if I did not do, would cause me to no longer enjoy life but just exist?” Actually, am I enjoying life to the fullest now? Am I doing what I was born to do? One way to answer this is with another question: what makes me feel completely alive? or what brings me joy? For me, it is music. For others, it may be acting, athleticism, parenting, the practice of medicine, philosophy, writing, gardening, volunteering, etc. Is there something in life that you must do? Something you always return to as soon as you tend to the day-to-day necessities of life? We should all know and have joy, passion, in our lives. I use the word passion almost synonymously with destiny because afterall, we all have a destiny to fulfill and it can take an all-consuming passion to meet the daily challenges of life and yet, continue our quest of self actualization.
I would argue that fulfilling our individual and collective destinies is the reason for being human. Destiny does not have to be on a grandiose scale such as becoming the leader of a country, a great musician or one who has fame and fortune. Each individual has to pursue their own destiny; it is up to each and every one of us to discover our own, unique destiny. I say discover because destiny is not always evident and most times people have to fight to actualize who they are which may require some form of deep introspection. Parents, society and many other compelling factors can pull you in directions that are the opposite of your true self. Some people know who they are early in life, childhood even, and persist in manifesting their true selves throughout their lives and may even have the support of friends and family to do so; these are the fortunate few. Others of us know who we are but have to fight to be who we are which may require swimming upstream when others, or the circumstances of life, pressure you to be one way but actually, you are another. Still some, have no idea of who they truly are and even though they have many opportunities to grasp the pursuit of their true passion, they do not and continue living unaware of the joy that could be. The conscious journey of self actualization is sublime in and of itself. Although we do have friends and family whom we love dearly with all our hearts, we are more than how we relate to friends, family, communities or to the world. Each is an individual.
If we are lost, we only have so much time in this lifetime to find ourselves. If we know, we only have so much time in this lifetime to Do It! …Born to Do It!
by: from the Harte
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