Last week’s mantra encouraged engagement in situations– specifically when it comes to letting go of what people expect from you to instead, follow your own inner compass, (however insignificant that might feel at the time). This notion is one that guides me daily so I wanted to expand on it more this week.
I was recently listening to an interview with a successful actor who talked about how he used to spend hours in front of the TV watching his favorite movies and studying his favorite actors. In almost all instances, spending hours in front of a television screen could be labeled “bad” or “wrong”. In this instance though, this person’s commitment to his interest led him to learn, grow and ultimately achieve success in something that others might have shamed themselves for spending “too much time” on.
To me, whether it was true in that particular example or not, it made me think of a person who lives organically, (sans the produce). It made me think of a person who goes after an interest or idea for the pure passion of it, not for what they might get out of it. Or more importantly, they go after it without thinking about what they might lose if they continue to follow that nudge.
Spending hours in front of a television screen or [insert your own scenario here] is hard past the day you move out of Mom and Dad’s house– I get that. But we all could use a little bit more of that thought process in our lives.
Follow your urge to be interested, not because it could make you insta-famous or land you in a mansion in the hills, but because it simply makes you think, helps you grow, makes you happy. Your job is not to judge yourself or your interests, it’s just to follow them, outcome aside.
Although we all know this, so many times we can get caught up in the definitions of “good” and “bad” and “what I have to do”. This mantra is just a reminder to give yourself permission to go with your flow, for no other reason than because you want to.
I don’t judge myself based on another’s definition.
My job is not to judge, it’s to engage.. to learn.
I go with my flow.