How to Be Random, Restless & Passionately Unsteady
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” ~ Maya Angelou
The giant maple outside my window has let go all her leaves and yet she stands tall, unwavering, bending gently in the wind – her naked branches reaching out in random directions. She’s impressive standing there, silhouetted against a gold and purple sky some seven stories high. She grows and spreads her seeds every year, resting in winter, blossoming and swaying when spring warms her roots.
What has she seen in her hundred or more years? What has she endured? Has she felt passion, pain, ease? She stands outside our window, over our neighbourhood, high above our backyards, our lives, a silent witness. She teaches me lessons about my spirit. About the expansiveness of it – about the heights it can reach.
Our spirits can soar above the mundane in life.
But they also need strong roots, connection, grounding, stillness and balance. That’s why we sometimes feel lost. We root ourselves so strongly that we forget that we can soar. We ground ourselves in safe choices and forget that what truly grounds us and connects us is our spirit letting go, taking risks and flying.
Only you can stand high above your life, looking over the neighbourhoods of your childhood, peeking into the windows of your past. Only you can be that silent witness to what random, restless, passionate fragments make up the whole of your unique and blossoming spirit.
Only you can choose to soar.
I am witness to my own meandering and aimless footfalls – those taken when I blindly followed the advice of others, or when I tried something new and stumbled, or when I mimicked someone and sounded like an ass, or when I poured out pure crap on the page, or when I felt the earth move because of one mindful shift away from indifference.
All of these wobbly steps have led me down my path. Sometimes I’m a droopy and sad pauper curled up in a ball in my cozy sweatpants and wool socks too fearful, unconscious, narrow-minded and naïve to take another step. Sometimes I leap out of bed and strut down my path, hair jutting like a rooster’s crown, queen of my brilliant ideas.
Passion and purpose are like that – they come and go like a fever – breaking when you’ve sweated too long and hard, returning when you need healing.
So what am I ranting about?
Why am I using so many mixed metaphors and bouncing around from tree to path haphazardly?
Because when we lurch in random directions, when our spirit curls up, struts about and sways restlessly in the wind, when we feel feverish in the core of our being – this is when we know we are home. We are on our crooked path – we are pointing, bending, leaning, however unsteadily in the direction of our purpose, and ultimately, of our passion in life.
If you don’t feel like you’re heading towards your purpose or passion, then I offer you these breadcrumbs of inspiration to sift through, gather up and scatter along your own path. Choose what resonates most, linger a while in the random, restless, passionate worlds of these amazing people and then, gently take a step down your own path – one unsteady footfall after another.
Laurie “We all live in two worlds – the one on the outside we move through with our bodies and the one we experience through our minds and hearts. Your home is one place where this plays out.”
Melissa “The idea that we aren’t perfect isn’t new. But realizing that wasn’t the problem. I had to find ways to create space and let my mind renew. Somehow, I had to find a way to breathe calmly again.”
Diana “You know, sometimes you just have to stop. Stay still. Stop the noise and the pressure and the thought that every moment not spent working and creating and writing is wasted. Because sometimes just staying still is the most important thing you can do ever.”
Elana “Passion is an exploding taco. It’s like, there’s lettuce and ground beef flying everywhere, salsa is dripping all over the goddamn place and the corners of your mouth have sour cream smeared all over hell’s half acre. If you have lots of napkins, it’s great! Then you have somewhere to clean up. But, if you have only one napkin it’s kinda messy.”
Ashley “For everyone out there thinking to yourself that it’s unrealistic, YOU ARE WRONG. For everyone out there shackled by fear, telling yourself that you could lose everything, YOU ARE RIGHT. And for everyone out there that, despite that knowledge, is still willing to risk it by fighting for something more out of this fleeting speck of time we’re granted here on earth, YOU ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL TRULY SUCCEED. Because at the very least, you know that you did everything you could. Not many people can say the same.”
Belinda “If you’ve ever had moments when you were filled with overwhelming joy, that you felt your soul stirring, that your eyes were welling up with tears, that you didn’t realize you were shaking or grinning from ear to ear, then I want to hear from you. Because I suspect that you have that gift. The real stuff. Not the fake stuff. The gift that powers those can’t-be-bought moments. And I’m betting that gift that you possess is the stuff that makes the world go round.”
Sandra “Climate change isn’t going to reverse itself simply because we are nice to each other. We need to change our consumption habits too. However, having a deep concern for the well-being of others is the motivation that can wake us up and spur us to do so. A spiritual revolution can’t solve all our problems on its own, but without such a revolution of the spirit, there is no hope of achieving a lasting solution to our problems at all.”
Barrie “The notion of discovering one’s passion has plagued and intrigued me for many years. For a long time, I thought I didn’t have a passion – at least not the kind of consuming love of something that fills your days with joyful anticipation and meaning. Happily, I ultimately did discover my passion – a passion for writing, blogging, and coaching. I wake up every day excited about my work and eager to live each moment as though it is a priceless gift.”
Are you feeling random, restless or passionately unsteady? Are you okay with that?
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