I am the happiest person I know and I wish you were happier, too.
What I have been writing about here for the past 5 days is little pieces of my little book called A Project-Driven Life.
It’s aimed at you if you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, or how to put your time and talents to good use.
This is what worked for me.
A lot of people I run into these days aren’t all that happy. Most of them are either lost, bored, or confused.
I look at these people and think: Geez, you’re pretty amazing. You have so much to offer. You’re so smart and clever, yet you seem to be totally under-utilizing your talents and gifts and kind of wasting your life.
This makes me sad.
I want to tell them: Look, why don’t you throw yourself into an interesting project, something that lights you up, something that when I ask you how you’ve been, you can’t wait to tell me about, instead of saying, “Aw, not much, just getting old and fat. You know.”
Life seems like a big pain in the ass to you, and the vibe you’re sending out just tripped my breaker. Your situation seems so avoidable and fix-able.
That’s why I am sharing my little system with you. I want you to be jazzed about something. I want you to have a little project going. I want you to stop being bored, and start feeling a little more amped about your life.
This system is what worked for me when I was lost and confused about what I should do with my life. Now I am never bored. Ever. I always have some crazy project going that jacks me up in the morning and focuses my energy.
I want that for you, too.
At first I thought I would make it into a little book and self-publish it, and I still might do that, but I felt weird and self-conscious about it.
Wasn’t I being a little arrogant? Who cares about me and my little projects? Maybe people are happy being bored. Who am I to say, “Here, try this. It worked for me.”?
So although I did a lot of work on it, wrote it all up and everything, when it came time to putting it out there, I backed away.
Then I started this blogging streak. I haven’t missed a day posting here since February 18th which is almost 5 months now.
When you post every day, content starts to dry up really fast, unless, of course, you are writing what you had for lunch and taking a picture of it. But that’s lame.
Then it occurred to me that I could chunk out this little system of mine in consecutive blog posts and probably have something worthwhile to write about for at least a month, so that’s what you’ve been reading here since July 1st .
So, here’s where we are so far: I’ve talked about making and categorizing lists; learning how to meditate; and starting an exercise regimen, which I call “having a body practice” because I’m a yoga teacher and that’s how we talk.
Tomorrow I am going to talk about Streaking which is basically what I do with my whole life. I’m a professional Streaker.
But for tonight, I thought I’d take a moment and recap and explain what’s going on here, and why.
I hope this is adding some value to your life, maybe even inspiring you a little.
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Testimonial (short version): I am happier having worked on different pieces of this at different times over the last year or two. I have passionate projects. I always have something enjoyable I can turn to. I am a happier person and that influences each of my interactions with myself and with others.
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Amen! Being happy = living your purpose.
And I love the visual that I got when you said you are a professional Streaker — I had an image of you running naked down Main Street, past the bank, across the street, and into Night’n’day to get Kathinated. 😉
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hehehe. That is a very scary visual, but I’ll bet I’d get my drink for free!