It’s been an extremely long time since I wrote anything. Exactly three months, If I go back to my last post on the 19th of November. Anyone who is in the blogging world knows that in order to maintain a successful blog, consistency is key and I have of course have broken that Golden rule. O well.
Nevertheless, in those three months, a lot has happened. Not only meeting some amazing new people who I have connected with on so many levels, more than I could possibly imagine (you know who you are), but also with my thought process anyways. I was so caught up in the creative process of launching the blog and writing blog post week after week, that I actually stopped enjoying it all together. That was one of the reasons for putting a halt on blogging altogether, to free myself up, to think and take stock of everything and what it is that I really want.
During the three months, I felt like I was being pulled in various directions. For a while, I thought that I would go yachting. This soon changed to thoughts about teaching English. In many ways, this ties into my polymath nature. This can be a dangerous cycle. You have all these plans and you end up doing nothing. Nothing at all.
And yes I also was talking about Freelance writing – which I haven’t pursued and my E-book which I haven’t released (I feel rather guilty about this). But then again I made a conscious decision to abandon my posting schedule altogether. My blog I guess has become a bit of a ghost town.
At the same time, there were thoughts about starting my own business, which was sparked by being introduced to a crazy product by a German who I met whilst giving a wine tasting.
So much so that I imported 108 samples to test on the market here to assess whether this product could be successful.
In first seeing the product, my gut told me that this product would sell. Amazing packaging. Great flavours. Great Quality. All fantastic USP’s, these three being essential for a thriving Gourmet Popcorn Business, or so my brief research has told me thus far. This is still on-going.
During this time, a friend also sent me a link to a start-up (specialising in Job Placements for people wanting to teach English abroad) that was looking to hire a Travel Abroad Applications Assistant. Having extensive travel experience was a pre-requisite so I thought hey, I’ve got this. Whilst availing myself to this position I also made it clear that I was available for other positions. This was due to the fact that, to be honest, this position was rather limiting and I had a lot more to offer this company.
They enjoyed my application and proposed to open up a Business Development role where I am to meet and specify what I would propose to do in this role and how I would like to be remunerated. To me, this is rather exciting as it gives me a huge amount of Freedom.
The past three months have also given me a lot of perspective in terms of following your passion and doing what you love. For me, my passion has and will never be one thing. I thrive when I am moving from one challenge to the next. Trying new things. Exposing myself to new environments. New people. I am happiest when I am just doing things, not for the sake of a specific purpose, but just for the sake of trying something new.
Mark Manson sums this up rather nicely with his article ‘Screw Finding Your Passion’.
"Remember back when you were a kid? You would just do things. You never thought to yourself, “What are the relative merits of learning baseball versus football?” You just ran around the playground and played baseball and football. You built sand castles and played tag and asked silly questions and looked for bugs and dug up grass and pretended you were a sewer monster.
Nobody told you to do it, you just did it. You were led merely by your curiosity and excitement."
I guess this is a total contradiction with what I have been writing about in the past. But I have attained a totally new perspective. It has shifted. Yes doing work you are passionate about is important, but just as important is just doing things and seeing if you like them – trial and error I suppose. And in the end, there is no right or wrong way to living your life. The important thing really is to stay true to who you are and do what makes you happy.
How is you perspective changing?