Deciding how to live now
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work
'You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live now.'
- Joan Baez
The thing that strikes me about this quote is how many people don't decide how they're going to live. They let their lives be pushed and pulled by circumstances, rather than stepping up and making a conscious choice to take control. They stay stuck in the inertia, rather than jumping out of the rut and finding the path that's right for them.
There are a bazillion reasons why that happens. Fear is a big one. So are the messages we're constantly bombarded with about what career and success is supposed to look like, about what we can and can't do, about what's 'responsible,' etc.
Deciding how you're going to live (and taking action on that) isn't the easy way. It takes effort to jump the track and find your own path. It's much easier just to follow the paint by numbers version of what our lives are supposed to look like.
Finding that path - both professionally and personally - where you really feel alive might not be the easy route, but once you experience the full color spectrum, it's hard to imagine how you ever lived in shades of grey.
What life do you want to live now? Are you living it?