When I was twenty years old, I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
I felt greatly inspired, and decided to start living my own legend, right away.
I decided that I would follow my heart in life,
wherever it would lead me.
I even quit my university education because I felt it didn’t lead
to the life I ultimately wanted.
Now I don’t know about you, but I can be a bit slow sometimes.
It’s taken me years to actually create a life that I love.
And it’s still in the making (but by now, it’s fun).
At first I thought: ”Once I decide to follow my heart,
my life’s path will be laid out before me on a silver platter”.
For a while, I was basically clueless.
Follow your enthusiasm
But one thing I believed in: As long as I follow my enthusiasm, my inspiration,
and fill my life with things that I love, everything will fall into place.
I sincerely hope it won’t take you as long as it took me,
but eventually things did begin to take shape.
The more I grow, the more I realize that the thing we are born to do,
the greatest gift that we have for the world,
is also that which comes most naturally and effortlessly.
The tricky thing is this: By far the majority of us have learned that to be successful in life,
we have to work hard, do what others tell us, sit still and be a good boy, etc.
We’ve been programmed away from our natural state of being,
which is open, playful, embodied, powerful and highly intuitive.
Path to success
So the path to success, or freedom, or fulfillment, however you wanna call it,
is not so much about learning new stuff, but more about unlearning old faulty programming.
It’s about becoming aware: What excites me? What has me curious?
What makes me enthusiastic and ignites my passion?
And at the same time: How do I see myself or the world in a way
that creates pain and tension?
Where in my organism am I contracting?
How am I holding myself back?
And then to open through that, so you can be more of who you are.
Spring is in the air as I’m writing this. You can feel it all around.
There’s an aliveness, a new opening, an excitement, an expectation.
Looking at the natural world, you can see that there is no “work” there.
Nature simply happens.
Springtime is an explosion of new life, but there’s no effort involved.
And it’s fucking powerful!
I believe we can do with some serious biomimicry in terms of our personal development.
We are nature as well, we just have this interesting and slightly-fucked-up-sometimes
crazy mind of ours, and tend to forget.
But how awesome is it, to realize that we have an inherent nature that we can trust
to move us in the right direction?
I like to look at it like this: We are all born as a kind of seed.
And similar to how this seed grows into a particular plant or tree,
we are growing into unique human beings with unique traits and gifts.
Our main job is to un-“get in the way of” that process.
I find that the more I can be present with my life experience
without trying to change it, the faster my life changes.
The more I’m willing to be with a painful feeling, the faster it dissipates.
The deeper I allow myself to open when I feel awesome, the more it integrates.
The bread-crumb trail of excitement
So: Do you love your life yet?
Do you allow yourself to be guided by your enthusiasm,
instead of what you’ve been told?
Do you love your work?
Do you love the people in your life?
Do you express your authentic self?
I’d love to hear from you, and know where your enthusiasm
is leading you.
Meet me in the comments underneath the blog,
and we’ll continue there.