Our thoughts change our reality. Our actions change our lives. If you don’t like where your life is, if you don’t like how things are going, YOU are the director of the script….YOU are the writer of your destiny….write a new script. Start by taking small steps and eventually the small steps will lead to big changes.
STEP ONE: Talk to as many people as you possibly can!!!!!
As I constantly experiment and learn about myself and the world around me, I am amazed how just the smallest things can change everything. One thing I tell everyone who either is looking to make a big life change or asks how we are so “lucky” is this: TALK TO EVERYONE YOU MEET!!! Tell them what your intentions are. Tell them what you are passionate about and what you want out of this life. Whether it’s traveling, a business you want to start, running a marathon….anything. People want to hear someone talk with passion. It is refreshing and is not found in enough people. So many people are caught in the motions and monotony of life that they become robots and talk about what they’ve been programmed to talk about. The weather. Sports. Politics. TV Shows. Really?!?! Is that what you spend your time thinking about? Has this society and the people in it stolen all of your passion that this is all you are left with?
When Erik and I tell people that we left our jobs to travel in a camper and see this world I cannot believe the reaction we get. Maybe it’s the way we light up like children telling them about the mountains of North Carolina and South Carolina, but it is amazing how people cling to our every word.
When they introduce us to their friends and family they say, “tell them what you guys are doing!” with such excitement. Like we are the only living beings in a community of robots. It’s almost as if THEY start feeling excitement and passion as we tell them about OUR life. They want to know every detail almost as if they are living through us. It really makes me so happy, but also a bit sad knowing that most never followed their hearts and can only live their dreams second hand.
Besides the fact that people want to hear you talk with passion, I have found on my journey that most people WANT TO HELP YOU. People like to feel like they are contributing and take real joy in helping others. If we tell them we are going to Charleston, they tell us that they know someone who lives their who can show us around, etc. You will be amazed how just talking to people will allow opportunities to fall into your lap. If you don’t open your mouth and tell people what you want, you will never get it. Every stranger on the street has something that you don’t have. Sometimes it’s not things. Sometimes it’s better than that. It’s KNOWLEDGE! For us, it comes in the form of places to go see. If I didn’t talk the lady at the cocktail party we went to about my love of painting, I would have never found out about the Art Demos they do at Venice Art Center 3 days a week. If I never spoke to the lady at the Art Demo I never would have found out about the Sunset Drum Circle at Nokomis Beach Wednesday’s and Saturdays. If we didn’t speak to the couple at the Drum Circle we wouldn’t have known they do the same thing at Siesta Key on Sunday’s.
TALK TO EVERYONE YOU MEET AND YOUR WORLD WILL OPEN UP!!! There are not only good people out there, but there are people who want to help you reach your goals and follow your passion because this world needs more people who are ALIVE doing what they love.