What eight years of creativity, spirituality and making hella mistakes has taught me
I don't get everything right the first time.
I miss deadlines and let people down (which is just part of being a flaky, transgressive artist).
I wish I could do more for people than I do, even though I know I do more than others. I judge and compare and compete sometimes, (although I like to think less than most).
Yet, despite all this - I've managed to create the life I've always wanted for myself. I wake up every morning excited to do what I'm doing, which I know would make Simon Sinek pretty proud. And so I thought I'd share some of the things I've learnt along the way.
1) Whatever you do, the universe will make it work for you.
There is no singular way toward your destiny, and even if you feel you've messed up somewhere along the line, you can't mess up your destiny. You haven't missed your shot at a creative life by being too young, or too old. You didn't miss the opportune moment, because another already arrived, just now.
2) Nothing is wasted.
People usually say: "everything happens for a reason", but I don't think that's quite accurate enough, so instead I prefer to say nothing is wasted.
There may have been some events in your life that may not have been enjoyable, but their effect in your life was used to change or strengthen or educate you in a way that you would not have experienced otherwise. We'e all experienced THAT before, haven't we? That feeling of:
"Wow, thank God that thing happened or I wouldn't have gotten to this other thing!"
Trust that the events in your life are always working towards your greater good, even if you aren’t able to see that right now. You never know what you might really appreciate about the "bad" event in future, because it either taught you something important, or led you to better things.
3) You have a purpose and are here for a reason.
Your overall purpose as a human being in general is to do what you can to expand upon and improve the human race. Then there is your individual purpose to fulfil, as well.
This can be hard to remember when the bills are pouring in, you're stuck in a dead end job where you think you have no voice or you have absolutely no idea what to do next, or how it would make a difference.
Just know that if you stay open, the answers will be revealed in time. Even if it is in hindsight. As long as you remember point #1 and now #4 below...
4) Your inner guidance system always, always, always knows best.
Your intuition is yours for a reason: to keep you on your path. Follow what feels right, and what comes easy and naturally. It doesn't have to make sense to anyone else but you. You don't have to explain yourself. This is the best way to respect the larger forces in your life, and it will allow whatever is destined for you to easily find its way.
5) You are the result of the love of thousands.
You are the result of four billion years of evolutionary success. There are stars in your DNA. And in Linda Hogan's words, “@@You are the result of the love of thousands.@@”
Stay mindful, stay grateful, stay humble and quietly confident; you won’t get so bogged down by comparison, self-doubt, or insecurities.
6) Your meaning of the words "success" and "happiness" are completely yours.
They are more than just words, remember that.
Success and happiness have got to mean something incredibly personal to you.
The Universe can lead you to them, but what is the point if you won't be able to recognise them when you get there? Would you be able to accept the gifts that life presents to you and walk away from envy and comparison of what others have? Do you have an end point so you can stop the constant anxiety and stress of pushing desperately forward?
What the Universe has in store for you (and knows that deep down you need the most) may not be the glitziest, most in-your-face thing. It might not be the thing you most crave in this self-absorbed, crazy, narcissistic world. But it will be what will bring you the most peace.
And it'll be yours.
- @@Whatever you do, the universe will make it work for you. GREAT spiritual wisdom on Stephanie Lennox's blog today for writers! Check it out:@@
@@Nothing is wasted. As a writer with many many unfinished drafts, I needed to hear this. Read more wisdom here:@@
@@Your inner guidance system always, always, always knows best. (+ 5 other great gems over at Stephanie Lennox's writer's blog today!)@@
Over to you:
What's one thing you've learnt about yourself or life in the last eight years? Let me know in the comments section below!