It’s a funny thing, taking control of your life. One day you are just going along and BAM! No, it wasn’t Emeril… it was inspiration. It was the knowledge that something else, something potentially better was waiting. And all you have to do is take the leap.
And the leap, my friends, is scary as shit.
I’m not talking about leaving a person this time. I am talking about changing the direction of your life, or in this case, my life. I have always been “the responsible one.” The one everyone assumes will always show up with casserole in hand (my hands usually show up with loaded mashed potatoes) and the one that no one really thinks will do something different. I have always been the “Well, I guess since no one else is going to [x,y,z] then I have to be the one to do it” girl. Mom calls it bossy. I have always called it responsibility. Even though I long to do other things, I have never taken one ounce of risk, personally or professionally.
But then someone left the metaphorical brochure out and I started to ask… Why not? Why not me? I am smart, fairly funny, and damn good at most things that I do. I am also extremely humble *ahem*. I have talents in several areas and am passionate about them. And let’s face it – when you love what you do, you are WAY more likely to actually work harder and be awesome at it. So I started to think about said talents and interests and passions… and certain things weren’t on the list. Certain things that I do from say 8-5 during the week. Not that I don’t love my work, because I do. I love doing my work. I don’t love sitting around waiting for another stupid project to fall downhill onto my head.
So, that has things atwitter in Liztopia. Big things are coming, which I will not say yet. But, I want you to think, dear princes and princesses, about what it is that you LOVE to do. And then figure out a way to do it. I do a lot of career counseling in my line of work and I often have people tell me that they have no idea what they want to do, or what they would be good at, even. Most people have just fallen into their jobs and don’t know how to make that change.
So, my question to them, and to you, is this – If you could do ANYTHING in the world, and money was no object, what would you do? I know my answer. Do you? I want you to think hard because that, my friends, is really what you should be doing. And that is what I want to do.
Without risk, there can be no reward. We just have to weigh the risk vs. benefits for these decisions and decide what is right. So look for big things coming in the next few weeks/months. Because I can no longer sit by and allow my life to be dictated. I want to be the master of my own fate. As I would say to my niece, and she would parrot back to me: “Make it happen, sister!”
So watch it, fate. This princess is kind of a tough broad! 😉
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