Joseph Campbell was famous for saying “follow your bliss”. The entire quote is actually “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
Following your bliss is, in my mind, just another way of saying doing what you want — what your really, really want.
My good friend, author and life coach Stephen Warren posted a video on his Facebook page this evening that caught my eye. Actually, much of what Stephen posts usually catches my eye, but this one in particular because of part of the description of the attached video, which spoke about a man who “skated right off the grid”.
In watching the video, I was taken back to my very first post in the series I just completed on “40 Questions We’re Afraid to Ask Ourselves”, If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m doing today?
Dr. John Kitchin, a very successful neurologist who is now popularly known as “Slomo”, quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.” An article in the New York Times states . . .
“Disillusioned with a life that had become increasingly materialistic, he . . . abruptly abandoned his career as a neurologist and moved to a studio by the beach. The locals called him Slomo, knowing little about his past life, but cheering and high-fiving him as he skated by in slow motion. He had become a Pacific Beach institution.”
You may find him a bit strange. You may feel what he is doing is a total waste of time for a man of such intelligence and with such a “valuable” background, but by whose standards?
Tony Robbins says . . .
“Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.”
Are you doing what you want, what you really really want?
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