Lately...i've been contemplating

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This week has gone by in something of a blur, I'm not exactly sure what I did, when I did it, all I know is things happened, days went by and somehow I've ended up in somebody else's house, in a city I don't know, in a country that's not my own, and tomorrow begins a new week.

Sometimes we all have moment of self doubt, of confusion over where our path is taking us.



If you've ever read my blog before you'll know I've made a few posts about reaching your potential, finding out what your true ambitions are, how to enjoy a life that has more than one direction.
I've written a few more posts on my journey down that road too, with education struggles, career changes, lack of career and lofty dreams, so I'm not unfamiliar with this feeling.

Yet it still likes to repeat itself once in a while.
I've been watching a lot of TED Talks this week - that's usual a sign that I'm looking for something more.
I'm not sure how I feel about life at the moment.

I'm in a situation where I've taken time away from "work" purposefully to focus on other passions, while I'm young and can afford it.
In reality I've not taken time of work at all, I just don't get paid for the work I do now.
I've tried to fill my time productively, pursuing crafting ambitions, improving my musical skills, working hard on this blog and dreaming of drama ambitions.

But in reality, simply having more time is not the answer to pursuing your passions and I would not recommend upping and leaving your job for this so bear that in mind if you suddenly get the idea to drop it all.

There are a few key things you need to really make a go of any interest (and time off work is not one of them). I think they are something like this:

Resources
This might be money, time, a location, supplies anything, but typically there's normally something like this involved.

Time management
Being able to organise yourself, set targets and work towards your goals.

Motivation
The drive to learn, work hard, improve, achieve goals.

Confidence that you can!
This is very important because a lot of time and energy can be lost when you have little faith in yourself. Having a supporting network it always invaluable but if that's not there you need need need to believe in yourself.

Self-discipline
This is a big one. I think this often gets confused with any and/or all of the above, but this is a very separate and challenging thing to overcome, and the place where I am currently struggling.

Lacking self-discipline doesn't mean you "just don't want it enough" that's the easy response from the person without the answers to give you, but it is important. Self-discipline is what will make sure you stick to your goals, you manage your time, and reach your potential, an this week I've definitely been lacking.

I won't go all in-depth on it now because I still need to figure it all out.
But you can see why this week has been very contemplative. Contemplation in itself is an important part of any journey. I'm not quite sure what I'm doing with myself right now, but I'm hoping a week away will go some way to helping.

If you ever have weeks like this let me know in the comments, I'd really like to hear from people who are or have been in similar situations.


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2 comments:

  1. A week away won't sort it, I thought my year in Australia would help me work out what to do with my life but it didn't. I think, as I see you've realised from your latest post, that perhaps there isn't that one thing we are supposed to do for the rest of our life. Perhaps our life is meant to be a series of different journeys. At least it won't ever be boring ey

    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. Hi Amy I couldn't agree more. I'm an advocate for following many passions I don't think life should be just one journey.

      My time away certainly didn't solve any problems, but I do think its important to take time out. You may not solve a whole problem but you can gain some perspective. Sometimes you need to step back to really "see".

      A series of different journeys certainly wouldn't be boring, i think that in itself makes for a pretty awesome life goal. :)

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