Is there a song that brings you to a happy place?
Is there that one song that always puts a smile on your face?
For me that song is “Le Vie En Rose” sung by Edith Piaf. I love this song in either French or English. In fact, as I’m writing this piece, the song came on the office stereo system.
I’m not sure what station the office manager has on, but I’m sitting at work smiling. Every time I hear that song, I’m immediately transported to that afternoon in August 2018 when I was in Paris and I visited Piaf’s grave.
Travelling is one of my passions. I love experiencing new cultures and new learning.
I have often said, “if I could make a living being a professional student, that would be my career.”
However, since professional student is not a lucrative career and I have very realistic bills to pay and savings for the future, I decided that continued learning especially through travel would need to be a hobby and a passion that I cultivated outside of work.
Do you live your passion?
I think so often people are focused on paying the bills, saving for the future, and getting though the day, that they forget to make a life.
Life is not meant to be sitting behind a desk and collecting a pay check.
Sure, you need to have an income and provide for yourself and your family.
You want a roof over your head, food on the table, and basic security.
- But after you have those, what is next?
- What more do you want for your life?
- Have you actually sat down and thought about what you want? Have you put yourself first?
- Have you spent time figuring out what your passions are?
I used to be that person who went to work, collected a pay check, went home, paid the bills, and saved for the future.
Sure, I had fun with friends and family. I took a long weekend here and there for vacation, but I didn’t travel extensively. I was coasting through life, not sailing through it.
About four years ago my life totally changed. A tragic event that occurred totally shifted my perspective on everything. I was no longer fulfilled with my work.
I wanted to move from my home. I wanted everything to change.
As I reflect back on what happened, I realize that what I wanted was to be in control of my life. I wanted to be happy again.
I decided that in order to find my happiness, I had to take an introspective look at myself and find my passions and begin to live them.
What did I come up with after my introspective look?
I came up with the following:
- I love helping people and I want to make a career of it
- I want to leave my corporate job and work for myself
- Life is too short to be sitting behind a desk all day
- There is a huge world out there and I want to meet people and explore it
- I want to continue learning
While I’m glad that I made the changes, and I am truly living my passions, I wish I had made the changes earlier and on my own accord. But I guess, better late than never.
I’d like to share some tips with you so you can find your passions and live them now.
It’s not always easy to take an introspective look at yourself. It isn’t always easy to realize that you may need to do some work and make some changes in your life.
Don’t be afraid. Believe me, stagnation is worse.
- Determine if you are truly content with your life
- Decide if you want more from your life
- Think about what makes you truly happy
- Figure out what puts a smile on your face
- While you are thinking, take money out of the equation and don’t allow it be a limiting factor
- Project yourself into the future and see how your future self would feel if you never did the thing you want to do
- When you determine what you want, go after it relentlessly
We humans have so much more depth than just wanting a roof over our head, food on the table, and security.
However, I think we lose sight of that fact because we are so busy engaging in our careers, seeking that next promotion, and finding ways to make more money.
We often forget that being successful does not mean having the biggest bank account.
The most successful people are the ones that are living their passions and living in true happiness. This too can be you.
You have the capabilities and the tools to make the changes necessary to get there.
Don’t be like me and wait for life to hand you an event that causes you to make a change. Grab the reigns now and make the changes necessary to live your passions.
The pandemic has forced me to put my passion for travel on hold, and that is okay. I’ve used this time to engage in other passions such as yoga, reading, and journaling.
I know that someday soon, I will find myself back in Paris in front of Edith Piaf’s grave, listening to “Le Vie En Rose” on my phone through my earbuds. This vision of my future brings a smile to my face and to my happy place.
My hope is that you find your happy place and what brings a smile to your face and you go out and live it.
Don’t forget that life is short and life is meant to be lived. Take care of your basic needs and after you do that, don’t forget to take care of yourself. You are worth it and you are important.
Always live your passions.
Meredith Kimmel, ACC is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) credentialed, Certified Professional Coach who specializes in grief, loss, and other life transformations.
Having her own experiences with grief and loss, Meredith is passionate about helping people navigate through their difficulties and create fulfilling lives.
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