June 20, 2010.
"If you want to be happy, be." Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
Does it occasionally feel like you're doing stuff for just about everyone else... but yourself? That you're doing things because you have to do them, not because you want to? That you're doing just about everything else under the sun except pursuing your dreams and doing own your thing? Instead of living the life you desire, you keep putting the things you want to be doing, seeing and having on the back burner.
You go to a job you hate... just because you have to pay the bills. You do things you don't want to do... just because you have to make ends meet. You put up with people you'd rather not put up with... just because you need to keep the peace. Day after day you do all sorts of things... just because.
"The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position." Leo F. Buscaglia
Let's face it; when you're doing things you'd rather not do, you lose interest pretty quickly. Instead of doing something you want to do, you're doing something else. Instead of working on something you want to work on, you're working on something else. Instead of chasing your dreams with purpose and passion, you're chasing your tail; constantly doing all sorts of things for all of the wrong reasons.
You'd rather be doing something else, anything else. You'd rather be anywhere but here. But you're not. And you're not having a good time.
Come on now, do you really want to 'just because' your way through life? Of course you don't! So why don't you stop doing things for all the wrong reasons and start following your heart? And start doing the things you want to do, the things you need to do, the things you were born to do.
And start doing them right now.
"If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way." Jane Goodall
Go take a walk in the park - just because you want to. Go enjoy the ocean breeze - just because you want to. Go treasure the beauty of nature all around you - just because you want to.
Go take that trip you've yearned to take - just because you want to. Go start that new business you've always wanted to pursue - just because you want to. Go write that book you've always wanted to author - just because you want to.
In fact, you need to go out and start writing your life story any way you desire - just because you want to.
"You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough." Abraham Lincoln
How many memorable moments have you missed out on - just because you were doing something else?
How many fantastic times have passed you by - just because you were somewhere else?
How much more of the best of life are you going to fritter away - just because you didn't take a chance, didn't make a move... didn't do what you really wanted to do?
Stop getting bogged down in stuff you'd rather not do. And start doing your own thing, in your own time, in your own way. Look, it's your life. It's your choice. It's your time to take charge.
Do it just because a fire burns within.
Do it just because an idea won't go away.
Do it just because your dreams are calling.
Do it just because you need to do it, just because you need to be it; just because there's something inside that needs fulfilling. But for goodness sakes, whatever you do, make sure YOU DO IT. And do it now.
Just because you can.
The Bottom Line: There is nothing better than doing what you love to do.
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