No one wants to admit their life is not as fulfilling and meaningful as they would like. But that was exactly how I felt more than 5 years ago. And yet I still questioned if I was crazy to want more from life. Now, do I think a fulfilling life is a dream worth pursuing ? Absolutely.
No one wants to admit their life is not as fulfilling and meaningful as they would like. That’s like admitting failure, isn’t it ? But that was exactly how I felt more than 5 years ago. And yet I still questioned if I was crazy to want more from life.
You see, I had a great job, great career, great family and friends. Life was busy but filled with activity that was not very meaningful. At least not to me. By most measures, it looked like I ‘had it all’. Yet, deep down I still felt like something was missing. I couldn’t work out why …. and wondered if I must be CRAZY !! Not to mention feeling extremely guilty for even daring to dream for more.
For a long time, I didn’t even dare whisper this; even to my closest friends fearing they would think I was ungrateful and self centered. In reality, most days, I was too busy with life to spare this any thought. But in those rare quiet moments, the question would creep back … is this really all there is ? Surely the one life we’ve been blessed with has to be more fulfilling than this !
Thus began my own journey of self discovery. The truth is that it’s a journey that had started more than 10 years ago. In one form or another, I think I’ve always been on a quest to figure this out. But I never had the courage to face some tough questions about what I really wanted for my life. Till 5 years ago.
I’m happy to say that I now have clarity. But I also know my journey will continue on in many ways as I learn more about myself every single day. The best part ? I’m enjoying the journey as much as the destination !
Along the way, I’ve learnt a few things –
So do I think a fulfilling life is a dream worth pursuing ? Absolutely.
As a very wise advertising legend, Leo Burnett; used to say ..
“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either”
So, what stars do you want to reach for in your life ?
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