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Life is funny, isn’t it?! We are born…we go on a path that is created for us by our parents, we are guided to stay on a path true to ourselves but also with the values that we learn…we grow, we break, we heal, we live, we laugh, we love, we excel, we fail…it’s the circle of life, right? Sometimes, this circle makes me just plain dizzy. I’m finding that my circle has some gaps in it, causing me to stumble and jump over hoops to try to keep my circle complete. What used to be easy decisions for me that seem logical have become more difficult as I tend to think with my heart more as I get older vs my head.
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What truly is expected of us in life? Does it vary based on everyone and their own individual goals? Where do our goals even come from? From birth, we are conditioned to spend the majority of our day and life in school…then more school for college….then possibly even more schooling for grad school..or we just jump in a career of sorts. We are constantly distracted by something, right? We FEEL that we should be doing something along those lines, and for those who don’t seek that route, they are often viewed as different. Then, take adulthood. We are groomed to think that we need money, a nice house, a great title at a career….and for those people who don’t have that or don’t view that as important, those adults are labeled possibly as “free-spirits, hippies” or even worse, names such as “unmotivated, lazy…” But, is that truly the truth? Does ones lack of drive to attend school and have a career that encompasses their entire life mean that they are lazier than someone who does want those things? I don’t think so. Not at all.
I’ve been on both ends of this pendulum swing. I’ve went to school, obtained my MBA, had a career with a great title, worked 75 plus hours per week to maintain the appearance of importance…and I’ve also had the route less traveled of a less stressful job that doesn’t depend on title, and taken some time for myself. You may be thinking, “That’s great- what does that even prove?” I’m not exploring this process to prove anything but to rather open the thought process of how we view people, their life choices and our ability to be so quick to judge.
After my “experiments” in life of hard work vs doing what I truly enjoy, my passion wins hands down every time. Is it the responsible choice? At first, I thought no….I need to have a title, a job with benefits and insurance and money to provide for our family…but then I also thought, I need to do something in life, my short life, that I love, that I’m passionate about and that I’m good at too, and I do believe that everything else will fall into place. (Hence, where “leap of faith” comes from, right?)
What do you think? Is the circle of life a farce created to make certain we do what is considered the “norm” or do you think following your dreams and passions in your one given life is the true way to finding complete happiness?