On my 29th birthday, I set out on a year-long journey to do something different with my life. Originally, I intended this experiment to last a year—until I turned 30—but something happened during that year that changed everything: I got hooked on living a more exciting life. Since then, I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to do and who I want to be. I've read books, attended summits, and made a LOT of lists. I'm nowhere near figuring it out, but I have stumbled across a tasty little Nugget of Truth: following your passions leads to an amazing life.
During my Year of Awesome, I chose to learn the gymnastics Level 5 floor routine. As a direct result, I got a job teaching gymnastics to children 18 months and older. This was my first job as a teenager and remains my favorite. (Aside from writing.) By following my passion for gymnastics, I now interact with adults that understand the grip that the sport has on you, have met and taught darling children that make me appreciate my own more, and have something in my life that is mine—ALL MINE.
Overlapping with my Year of Awesome, I made a concentrated effort in 2012 to become a freelancer. I officially succeeded in April, and have started to build my portfolio and my reputation as a regional journalist. By chasing a dream, I interviewed my childhood hero, made friends with the local Stay at Home Dad, and went hot air ballooning.
I've touched on the fun, but what about the profit?
- From teaching gymnastics, I not only have some Fun Money for creature comforts, but I also pay less than 1/3 of what I would have paid for gymnastics classes for the family.
- From freelance writing, I earn a small fee per article and have some of my experiences compensated by the publication for which I'm writing.
Put another way, if I put all of my year-to-date earnings and savings into one pot, I could send our family of five to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Christmas, including three nights at a resort, without touching a dime of our normal operating budget.
Mind-boggling, huh? I won't even get into the benefits that chasing your dreams has on your health.
The bottom line is that by getting off your butt, declaring, "I'm going to do something amazing!" and then doing it, you can—and WILL—create a beautiful, fulfilling life.
You may be asking, "How do you do it?" That's a post for another day, my friends.
Have you done something exciting, exhilarating, or generally awesome with your life recently? Please share it with me in the comments section!
This post was originally published on lynndaue.wordpress.com. It was lightly edited on February 28, 2016.