“A career is wonderful,
but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night”
― Marilyn Monroe
I had some thoughts about a great career from my earliest days of childhood but they never happened.
I had some dreams when I was a child that I never fulfilled because I thought I couldn’t do what the dream required. I wanted to be a concert pianist but was told I wasn’t good enough–by my piano teacher! Now I play piano only for myself and only what I want to play.
“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’
is not the same thing as
‘making a life’.”
― Maya Angelou
I have always wanted to be a writer and tried for a long time to write fiction –I’m addicted to fiction. I accumulated a filed cabinet full of writing and rejection letters. Then a few years ago, I started a blog called Cracked Nirvana and BOOM! I was a published author. In truth two of my favorite authors are Erma Bombeck and Art Buchwald. They wrote short, pithy essays about life. I wonder how good my writing would be if I had started writing short, pithy essays long ago?
Another thing I wanted to do since my first counseling sessions in 1978 was to do similar counseling with others who were struggling with life’s circumstances. However the only pathway I knew was either Psychologist or Psychiatrist. I really didn’t want to work with people’s psychological pathology. I wanted to work with their inner self and help them create the life they wanted. So I gave up on that dream too.
Then shortly after starting my blog, I discovered coaching. What a life changing experience that was! So now I am a Transformative Life Coach and much more fulfilled and happy than I ever thought I would be. Now I have a great career when I least expected it to happen by pursing my passions of writing, music and talking with others about life, the Universe and everything. It will tide me over the last 2-20 decades of my life.
How about you? Are you second guessing your passions and settling for the mundane? Is that the person you want the world to see and have as a role model?
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