When you let go of what you think you should be, what the world is trying to tell you to be, and simply listen to know who you are deep down inside – that’s when you find yourself.
Everything is trying to drag you towards the middle where the current is.
You should be this way, dress this way, talk this way, like this music, do these things…the list goes on forever.
The more you express yourself, the farther away from the norm you get the more you feel the gravity of that pull trying to bring you back in.
The rest of the world, as much as they revere those who innovate and change things, does not want you to become an outlier.
But that’s where most people’s passions live…on the fringes. That’s where genius lives. That’s where vision and dreams live. If you are going to take a chance on those, you better be willing to feel the pressure from the massive outside forces of normality.
I didn’t understand that at the beginning.
I thought that this force trying to bring me back in was the right thing to do. However, in many cases I found out that the voice whispering deep inside of me was the right thing to do because that is where my purpose and passion lives. If I ignored that I would be forever living in deep regret.
Follow what makes you jump out of bed in the morning. Follow what makes your heart light up. Those positive things will never send you in the wrong direction. They might send you into very challenging situations, but that’s what comes with the territory.
You have to be willing to seek that resistance and understand that once it shows up, you are in the right place.
Be willing to be different.
Make the sacrifices it takes to carry out your dreams.
You never know when you will be taken from this place, so you might as well give yourself the best chance possible to go out with a bang and be following your dreams.
Evan Sanders, The Better Man Project