The question, although grammatically incorrect, commands your attention. “Are you living or are you existing?” It comes from a movie I recently watched, “The Family that Preys.” Sure I know I’m late because the movie was released in 2008 and I just watched it earlier this week. However, the question posed by Kathy Bates in the movie to Alfre Woodard, who plays her best friend, is profound.
As the job market weaves in and out of good and bad news like a see-saw now may be the perfect time to take stock of yourself and priorities and answer the question. If you conclude you exist, that life equals not necessarily carving out your place in the world but surviving on autopilot. In short, it’s dull and you are passion-deficient. Your days are full of focusing on the challenge of the obstacle, not the opportunity beat the odds.
Truly living your life, on the other hand, is exemplified by the continuous drive to improve yourself on an emotional, physical, spiritual and financial level that equals satisfaction that can feel unbelievable. Whether you are unemployed or have a job that just pays the bills but robs you of pleasure and excitement, every day you get up, you can get closer to where you truly need and want to be. Don’t waste time. Become the CEO of you.
The best way to get on track is to really sit, think and write about your passion. I’m certain we’d all like to hit the lottery and live happily ever after but the chance of that happening is pretty obvious. As you outline your path to your true purpose, consider the impact and balance it with the reality of your dream.
What’s your dream? How do you plan to change your life? Share your thoughts with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on the site.