The momentum is building, I can feel it. Yesterday’s insight is indeed one cornerstone that this work will be founded on. My optimism today has led me to reflect back on my life and my choices in a more positive way. That is to say, instead of listening to the voice of regret that I have not saved up money until now, I am reminded that I have been living a persistent theme ever since graduating from high school. The theme: “Follow Your Bliss.”
The phrase originates from Joseph Campbell, who in his seminal work “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” documents cultural myths from all over the world over and finds that they have a remarkable point of similarity: the embodiment of what he calls ‘The Hero’s Journey’. Essentially, Campbell believes that these myths are in place in virtually every culture of the world to reinforce the idea that every individual is on their own particular hero’s journey, where they have a purpose or a destiny to fulfill that requires courage, humility, openness, and the full exertion of the hidden skills and strengths that that individual has. One of our guidestones is the recognition of our ‘bliss’, that which we love to do, which if followed relentlessly will lead us to fulfill our destiny for this life.
When I graduated from high school, I didn’t follow all my friends into the pure and applied science program. Rather, having experienced a smidgen of philosophy and drama in a course on Greek History in grade 11, I followed my desire to learn about philosophy and psychology in CEGEP (Junior College). When it came to university, I again followed my heart over my head and enrolled in a Liberal Arts College program with concentration on Philosophy, followed by a Master’s Degree in Philosophy. By the end of that, I was tired of the restrictions of formal education, and when told that going into a PhD program in philosophy would give me the best chance of getting a job in the Philosophy Department as a full-time professor, I balked. I wanted to write, I wanted to be creative, and the idea of being stuck in what I saw as a rather restricting system didn’t appeal to me. So then I had to face the real world, deal with having to make money, and it was tough. However, I did pursue a computer programming certificate and was delighted to be slotted into a full-time job after graduating at the top of my class. At first, I thrived and I loved applying my mind to all the challenges and learning opportunities faced by a programmer. Eventually, however, I saw that the corporate culture wasn’t a really good fit for me. I had found an interest in writing plays for a local charitable group, and wanted to getaway from programming so I could focus on writing. After hearing from a friend about the possibility of teaching English in Korea, I went headlong into it. I stayed there over 2 years and even met a girl and got married. Coming back to Canada, I kept trying to find my bliss: I worked in a non-profit Drama Society, then moved to Toronto as my wife got a job there and started the project of my dreams: writing a book. My first experience of it was an abject failure, but after restocking my funds with another year teaching in Korea, I went into a Life Coaching program (which I love but wasn’t able to make a career out of) and from there launched the book I did complete after over 4 years called “Parables for the New Conversation”. When I saw that the book helped make me some money but would not give me a full-time income, I eventually dove into filmmaking with the hopes that I could make a career out of that. While again I did some good work there and learned a tremendous amount, it didn’t look like it was an avenue for a full-time career. By then, my wife had started a side business selling all-natural face and body products (shaktiessentials.com) which I dove into by creating a website and taking over some of the responsibilities. The business still chugs along with several loyal customers, but I realized recently that working on this business myself was not following my bliss. And so, with the birth of our son, my becoming a stay-at-home dad, this experimental project came to mind. And I’m just starting to feel the bliss! (To be followed by the money haha)
A little longer than usual (sorry!), but it just seemed a right time to look back on my life and realize that there is a design to it and that I have always stayed true to myself. I believe that will pay off for me as I keep staying open to learning about how to manifest abundance (all while loving what I am doing!)