Sunday, July 8, 2012
Constructing Your Own Destiny- D.I.Y Sundays
Today's world is a fast-paced one filled with can't-miss deadlines and jam-packed schedules. A tangible sense of urgency fills the air, and many people neglect to take time to stop and smell the metaphorical roses.
Now, this is not to say that being focused and productive isn't all well and good. The current approach just leaves much to be desired in terms of quality of life. People get stuck in ruts and forget to ask themselves why they're doing what they're doing. Mindlessly going through the motions of daily routines becomes second nature and little to no emphasis is placed on the importance of reflection.
The result? A society of listless, complacent people with no semblance of passion, drive or spirit—and that doesn't benefit anyone.
Luckily, it's never too late to regain your purpose and peace of mind. You just have to stop and honestly ask yourself what you want out of life. There's no time like the present to jumpstart your new beginning. Make that career change, get a degree—whatever it is just do it, even if people tell you it won't work or call you crazy. Your definition of happiness may not fit the norm but it is YOURS and yours alone.
So you're a carpenter who has always seen himself in construction management? Go for it. Or maybe you're a stay at home mom wanting to go back to school. Enroll in a new class or two. The options are abundant and endless; you just have to make the leap.
For those unsure of how to kick start their endeavors and reinvigorate their lives, I suggest first making small changes. Start that new hobby you've been considering. Read a book that's caught your eye. Do something completely out of your comfort zone. All of these are great ways to slowly test the waters of change.
The great American writer Mark Twain clearly had some thoughts on this issue:
"20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Living your life according to someone else's measure of success is unfulfilling and mediocre at best. You only get one shot at this life and it is far too short to not be true to yourself.
Follow your heart. Your happiness is waiting.
This is a guest post by Kristie Lewis from construction management degree. You can reach her at: Kristie.Lewis81 @ gmail. Com.
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