I didn’t know it at the time, but a madness was slowly growing within me.
It started like the peculiar feeling of a limb regaining feeling after falling asleep.
The only difference was that this was a “limb” I didn’t know I possessed.
The tingling grew into an itch in my consciousness. The itch turned into a vague question. It pulled at me, called me to seek, to reach… for something. I didn’t know what.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like roman candles in the night —Jack Kerouac
You want to get paid to exist. You want a zero-hour workweek. You want to blaze your own trail, follow your own path.
That’s awesome! You can do it. It’s possible.
And I want to make sure you’re not wearing blinders when you imagine what getting paid to exist might look like for you. I want to make sure you’re not letting your past limit your future. I want to make sure you’re not falling prey to a dangerous myth:
The Myth: My path will make use of the skills I’ve learned.
My wife and I were sitting at the dinner table last night. We were eating leftovers of some amazing vegetable curry Ev’Yan had made the day before. And as we usually do, we were talking about what we were proud of that day.
Ev’Yan exclaimed excitedly, “I’m proud that despite not sleeping very well and not really feeling it, I showed up and wrote anyway. I didn’t feel like it, but I did it and didn’t overthink it.”
As you know, we’ve spent this past month talking about passion. And today, we want to do something a little different.
We asked a few of our fellow Trailblazers to jam a little on finding their passion and how it has shaped their lives. We found their stories to be very inspirational and we thought we’d share them with you to pass down some encouragement.
Our Trailblazers’ stories are made up of very unique circumstances, longings, struggles, and (of course) passion.… Click to read more