“Security is mostly as superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”- Helen Keller
One thing I have noticed as I meet people is that almost everyone is living a double life. One life is doing what they have to do and the other life is doing what they want to do. They have the job that pays the bills, takes care of the kids and puts food on the table. Then, they have their dream life that they deny because that life would require them to live in uncertainty.
I am surrounded by people who have an artist alter-ego. In my circle, I know producers, artists, writers and artisans who get up every day walk past their creativity and go pretend to be regular people. Pursuing your dreams requires uncertainty. Most people try to avoid risks and choose the illusion of security instead. But, the desire to create never goes away and it pulls at them even when they have their dream salary, dream home and dream life. Your purpose will continue to call you even if you choose not to answer.
We are in an interesting digital age where it is that much easier to find information, share and get recognized. In the past, it almost seemed impossible to figure out how successful people became successful. It was a shot in the dark to pursue your dreams. Now, the information is at your fingertips. It’s in a book or as simple as typing it into your browser search engine. And you can pursue your dream part-time and still make a name for yourself. People have easily been discovered through social media. So why do we give up on our dreams?
I think it has something to do with comfort. If we become known by what we are good at and more people want to buy our talent, we are pushed into uncertainty? We are not sure that we will know all the answers. It’s the difference of creating your life versus living a life that is clearly defined by rules. The truth is that when you step into your purpose, you will know what to do. But, we would rather believe that it is easier to follow the template rather than to create our own blueprint to life. All it takes to change the trajectory of your life is to take one step in the direction of your purpose. It’s your inner resistance that is creating the roadblock to your dream. What you focus on expands. So, until you are fully focused on your dream, it will remain a small part of your life. Successful people know that risk is necessary if you want to achieve. You can trade your purpose for security or you can turn your purpose into a source of security. It’s your choice.