I’m all about passion and purpose, or so I thought. I help my clients connect to their passions and purpose and encourage them to express all of who they are.
But am I really living passionately? Do I engage with life in a passionate way? Do I express myself passionately – no holds barred? I’m not so sure. Yes, I’m following my purpose and doing the work I’m meant to in the world. Yes, I fill my life with things, people and experiences that I’m passionate about. But I’m not so sure I live life with passion or live passionately in the moment. Kind of a big ‘a-ha’.
I’ve always been a little on the reserved side, not shy but definitely not someone to take centre stage. I participate in things but in a safe way, not really putting myself out there or letting loose. I communicate fairly well but I wouldn’t say I fully express my thoughts, ideas or opinions – to really be seen and heard.
As a business owner, I’m often working on things like marketing material and tag lines that clarify what I do and how I help people. I’ve recently come up with a new tag line that feels 100% like me and what I’m all about. ‘Life is short. Be who you are. Do what you love!’ I like it and it feels good. But am I living that?
For sure I am in a safe, small way. I’ve done a lot of work on myself so I have decent self-awareness. I’ve created my own path, doing work that I love and have gotten clear about what matters most to me so I fill my life with those things. But the ‘life is short’ part is really speaking to me right now and is the piece that I want to embrace. For me, those words embody the essence of’ ‘live life fully right now!’
I realize I am risk-adverse. Sure I’ll jump out of a plane or bungee jump, but putting myself out there in a way where I may be judged, criticized or where I might fail, not my MO.
I am good with baby steps so that is where I’ll start. I’ll crank Sia and Pink on my iPhone and ‘elliptical’ with abandon. Maybe I’ll bring that craziness into the living room and dance like a maniac when no one is there. Who knows, maybe someday soon, I’ll do that in front of people. I know that part of my purpose is to express myself fully through my body so this seems like a good place to start to live life passionately.
I’m excited to try on this new way of being in the world. And I hope soon, to move from my baby steps into a full run where I live passionately in every area of my life.
I’ve made this post all about me because I often take on the guiding voice to help others. I will still continue to do that, because my passion is inspiring and empowering others, but for now, I need to walk my talk!