The article, "Are You Adrift," is written by Gretchen Rubin, who I totally love. She wrote "The Happiness Project" which has been one of the most inspiring self-help books I've read. Some months her articles in Good Housekeeping really give me something to think about and this month is no different.
"Drift is the result of the decisions you make by NOT deciding, by falling into things,
or by taking the path of least resistance...you slowly lose touch with the instincts
that would normally guide you toward the choices that would make you the happiest.
The result is that your life stops reflecting your own interests, your own values."
Drifting is what I' had been doing for years. I've been waiting for the perfect opportunities, the chance to do something I love. And for the first time in many years, I'm feeling as though I'm finally finding my way, finally following my heart. Even in college as an elementary education major, I had dreams of becoming an interior designer or of opening my own "Pottery Barn"-style of store. Those aspirations haven't disappeard in the ten plus years since they began. Sharing a small piece of my passion with you has started to move me away from this feeling of drifting.
Coincidentally, I've talked to a couple different people this week who in their own unique way are all drifting. They are in places in their life where they are unsatisfied in some way, whether it is in their career, their hobbies, or their free time. I think many (or most) of us are living day by day trying to please those around us. That path probably doesn't lead us to happiness, though. There are parts of our life where we are going to have to do things we don't want to do out of necessity....we can't just quit our jobs or leave our families behind. But we also can't keep ourselves from doing things that will bring us joy, either.