I have had a few people email me about my last post and ask me how do you find that passion in your life? I don’t really have an answer for that, but I do believe we all come equipped with some incredible tools that guide us, especially our body. By listening to my body, my gut, I have been able to narrow my search down quite a bit. For me when I’m coming up with ideas, brainstorming a new business or technology, my body is filled with energy and excitement. I feel so good, so “warm and tingly,” so full, it’s almost as if my body knows what’s right better than my brain does. When I’m headed in the right direction, I tend to have this excitement bubble up throughout me, and I even have moments where the excitement comes out as a little laugh (even if by myself or around strangers, I just can’t help it). This is my body guiding me, telling me “hey you really like this, do this more!”
I know everyone has moments like this, some activity where it just feels right. The easy part is knowing that your body knows what it’s talking about, the hard part is trusting it and doing it. But we trust our body to know and do so much already (how many of us actually know how to digest our food, breathe in and process oxygen, or sleep?), so why is it so easy to assume it’s wrong when it tells us what’s right? In my search for a life of passion, I’ve read many books, articles, and speeches from people who have supposedly found it. My favorite by far was a commencement speech written by Steve Jobs for Standford this past June. The whole thing is incredible, and I’d recommend it to anyone for a read (you can get it here). But for the purposes of this little post, I’m just going to quote a little section that talks about following your gut:
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
My mom always said, “choose joy.” Do what makes you feel good, what makes you happy all throughout your body, and don’t worry about the rest.