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Are you happy with the life you have?
Do you wish you could live a different one?
It’s time to take the first step and create the life you’ve always wanted.
To do this, start by making a list of your dreams and goals. Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want, start planning ways to make them a reality.
Work towards your dreams relentlessly, and before you know it, you’ll be living the life of your dreams.
If you have read Wilde Escape, you know that I have been slowly creating the life I want.
In a nutshell, after going through a divorce, I started to reflect on my life and find out what makes me happy.
This was also the time I started looking at my finances and determined that I would leave the stresses of my life. The main one is my job.
I’ll be the first to tell you that’s a tough decision. But if you set some boundaries and goals, you will start to discover what makes you happy.
Taking risks is never easy to do. But, now that it’s been a few years, I couldn’t be happier.
The main issue with taking risks is the fear of the unknown. If you are like me, you have to make pros and cons lists and have contingency plans. Or another way of putting it, plan B, C, and D options. You never know what could happen.
Once all this is in place and you focus on what makes you happy, you can discover the life you want to live is not as far away as you might think.
What Life do you Want to Live?
There are many different things that people want to do in life. Some want to work and make a living, while others want to travel the world and see everything.
Some people want to be stay-at-home parents or live a simple life.
The question most people ask themselves is what life do they want to live? I would even add the question I think everyone should answer, What truly makes you happy?
I’m not sure about you, but it seems that every year, about this time, I start to reflect on my life. Think about the changes that have happened, goals I set, and even when my next road trip will be.
Back to reality
It’s been almost a year since I returned from the longest road trip I’ve taken (so far to date).
Since I’ve been back, it didn’t take long to miss road life. This is also one of the things I’ve found that make me happy! Which ultimately are some of the things that I want to achieve every day in my life.
If you read that other post, you know a few things, including not waking up without an alarm clock, making coffee in a random location, daily hiking, and taking a few hours to do what I want. Not to mention all the beautiful areas you get to camp in!
Another thing that happens to you is that days seem to go by faster. If you stop for a second, you realize that life has taken over. You don’t seem to have the time I want to do what I want.
You are woken up every day by an alarm clock, you are drinking your coffee on the way to work, and your hiking consists of walking to the office.
Basically, you are working for the weekend. That is, if you can disconnect and enjoy the weekend. Only to realize that you are stressed when Sunday night rolls around.
So maybe we should focus on giving ourselves something to live for. Whatever that might be.
Discovering What Your Life Purpose Is
I’ve been reading a lot lately, which has been amazing! One of the new terms I started looking into is a Japanese term, Ikigai (pronounced as “ee-key-guy”).
You might be wondering what that has to do with creating a life you’ve always wanted to live.
Well, I’m glad you brought that up. Ikigai, in the simplest terms I could find, is a life purpose or a reason to live.
This truly makes you happy. It’s essentially a quest that gives our lives meaning and purpose.
While researching this new term, I found that finding your ikigai isn’t easy. But once you do, it will help you become thrilled and fulfilled.
Looking Into Ikigai
Taking a closer look at this concept, you will learn that ikigai has a meaning in life and ikigai has a meaning of benefit.
So when referring to Ikigai, you are referring to something that gives your life meaning. I like the importance of helping you become happier and more creative or giving you a reason to live.
As I’m searching for my ikigai, I have found that it’s the reason I wake up in the morning. It’s something that helps push me to achieve my perfect life.
The time is now
People in this world seem to get so much done it doesn’t seem real.
These people have careers, businesses, and families and still have time to have a beer with friends and coach a kid’s soccer team.
It’s crazy to think that they can get all this done. Just remember that we all have the same 24-hours in a day. It’s time to focus on what makes you happy.
Together we are going to achieve our perfect lives.
Once you start looking at your days, you might see a lot of wasting time. I know I did once I started noticing how much Netflix I watch.
Next, spend a few minutes listening to a video from Alam Watts: The Dream of Life.
One Way You Can Change Today
You can do many things to change your life for the better today. Whether you want to lose weight, get more out of your work or school, improve your relationships, or feel happier, there are simple steps that you can take to make a difference in your life.
Here are four ways to start today:
- Make a plan.
- Having a specific goal in mind will help you stay focused and motivated to reach your destination.
- When needed, ask for help, but don’t be afraid to take on tasks alone.
- Stay positive and optimistic.
Something that has helped me with this process is to start being present in the moment.
The best example I can think of. How often do you eat lunch, think about the million things you need to do, prepare for your next meeting, or return emails?
Do you even remember what you had for lunch today, much less yesterday?
What did it taste like? Did you appreciate your meal, smell your meal, and see what it looked like? Did you notice the temperature, texture, and tastes when you took a bite?
I know I didn’t.
Once you start being present in the moment, you will also begin to notice the things around you. You will see something for the first time, smell things in the air, and feel the area around you.
So for the next week try being present. Stop and look around you when you realize you are “multitasking” at lunch. Bring your mind back to the present moment.
Smell the air, taste the food, and all the sounds around you. Savor each bite you put in your mouth.
During this challenge next week. You want to be present at the moment. Here are a few examples I’m going to do:
- When you are working, do the work.
- If you are writing, be laser-focused on what you are writing about.
- When you are at the gym, focus on movements, how your body feels, smells, etc.
Wrapping It All Up
I hope this has got you thinking about what kind of life you want to live.
Just remember, this is not something that will happen overnight.
If you are currently happy with where your life has led you? Do you want to be stuck in a job you hate for the rest of your life? Or do you want to travel the world and see new things?
The choice of where you are going from today is yours, and you can make it happen.
Let’s not waste our days and start focusing on what we want in our lives.
Finding what makes us happy will be different for everyone.
Focus on finding what your ikigai is, and let me know in the comments below!
I can’t wait to hear what it is.
This process will take hard work and dedication to achieve your goals. So don’t give up, and keep pushing forward. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
Don’t forget to let me know what you think about finding your ikigai in the comments below!