Have you ever felt stuck in the life you’ve created for yourself? Your life may be going just fine on the surface, you’re employed, you’re managing to pay your bills, you have a wonderful spouse. But you live the same routine every day, day in and day out only daydreaming about the life you wished you lived. At some point in time we all find that we feel stuck. The question is how long will you allow yourself to go on like that. Will you ever pursue your dreams and be real to your authentic self or will you just go on living a mediocre life?
We all have bills to play , we all have responsibilities and many of us have excuses for why we are not living the life we dream of living. Some of the biggest excuses we give ourselves for not chasing our dreams are
The reality is that whether we pursue our passions or allow them to lie dormant they are always in the forefront of our minds. When something is is your blood, in your heart, no matter how much you try to push the thought of it aside you will not be able to shake what’s inside of you.
There will be people who tell you you’re crazy. People will not always see your vision and that’s perfectly fine. Everyone is not meant to see, feel or understand what you do. For that very reason alone, because you may have something unique, maybe even innovative to add to the world you must be willing to follow the little voice inside guiding you towards your dream life.
It won’t be easy. Change never is, fear can ground even the mos talented, passionate individual. Fear of change, fear of inadequacy and even fear of success is a huge deterrent for some. I guarantee it will take some 20 hour days, some sleepless nights, it may even take a year worth of ramen noodles and boiled eggs for dinner but the journey towards your authentic self is it’s own reward. Some of the most important reasons for pursuing your passions and living to your own authentic self and include but aren’t limited to
Those with little money, little free time or maybe too many excuses can find ways to easily incorporate their passion int their daily lives.
There are many other ways to work your passion into your daily life. You may not be able to jump right into your dream job or position but the more you immerse yourself in your passion the closer you get each day. You open yourself to opportunities that you never will get sitting on the couch wondering what if.
Any goal is achievable when the right amount of determination, dedication, time and effort are applied. If I could leave with with a few last words of advice I’d remind you that
Need more motivation to follow your passions? Check out the articles below. These people made the leap from living mediocre day to day lives and are now living their dreams.
Sexy Sapphire 10/19/2015
Have you ever just happened to wander in on something so beautiful you found yourself stuck in a trance as you tried to take it all in? That’s what happened to Me this summer at Artscape as I wandered around tent to tent, building to building soaking in all the creativity that flowed. I somehow ended up in one of the Mica ( an arts colleges) buildings and saw a lot of people milling about on a lower level.
My friend and I followed the flow of people and walked into a concert that was already in progress. The sight shocked Me, the music coming from the stage was so sharp, and beautiful but I was not ready for the musicians, they were all children. The oldest looked about 14 maybe. These children were playing music with the talent of well trained adults who had studied the craft for years.
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. (From the website)
This group of talented youth have even been recognized by the First Lady, Michelle Obama who presented them with an award for excellence on Thanksgiving 2013. I was so lucky to happen upon them performing and was quick to whip out My camera. I captured four videos and uploaded them to youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_NSxP-NWTFCoSQDLyphvg
For more info on the Orchkids check out their website at http://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/young-musicians/orchkids.aspx
You know how you see someone on the internet all the time, you admire their work, you love to see them shine but never think you will meet them. I was so excited to find out that Demont Pinder would be painting live at Afram this year.
You’ve seen his work all over but may not know who he is. He has a sweet job as the art director for Raheem Devaughn but he uses his talent in so many other ways. He does the historic Howard Theater and so much more.
Check out some of his work below
At Afram he was offering fans and new comers the opportunity to be a part of one of his paintings. You know I had to grab a brush and join in. He had outlined a very intricate piece and people had a chance to grab a paint brush and be a part of one of his masterpieces. I did this black part lol
Don’t take My word for it. Check him out online
I told ya’ll during the summer that I had fallen in love with the youth poets of Dew More Baltimore when I got the chance to witness them performing an open mic and then attended one of their scripted productions. I was ecstatic to find out they would be performing at the Baltimore Book Festival
I made sure to get there early and was glad I did, the youth did a hour of spoken word and poetry performances before sitting down to have a panel discussion and answer questions from the crowd. They were so articulate and knowledgeable. I’m in the process of loading the videos to My youtube page. Below you get a treat, the first one that I had a chance to upload is how they started out the show and this young man will leave you with chills.