Key to it All- Determination

I wasn’t even aware that I hadn’t found my life’s passion, but there it was one day, right in front of me waiting for me to notice it, grab it and go for it. I thought I was doing what I wanted in life, I thought I was happy, and I thought I was growing as a person, and I was, kind of. I just hadn’t found my life’s passion. When I finally found it, suddenly my world was a bit brighter and the colors were more vibrant.

I think when you figure out who you are and what you are doing here on this earth everything falls into place. Suddenly, you know that what you are doing makes a difference, and that you are doing just a little thing to make the word a better place.

My whole world revolves around those that I love, my husband, my kids, my family and my friends. I got stuck in a rut, somehow believing that I had to give everything I had to the people I loved. What I learned is that when I did this over time I slowly lost myself in the process.

When I discovered that getting out of my comfort zone and pushing through my self imposed limits was the key to making my dreams come true, I decided that maybe, just maybe, if I shared my story it would help others do the same. When I took a chance and started to give to myself a little bit, everything changed. My silly little adventures made people stop and think. Suddenly, my story became bigger than just little old me. My story helped others; and this became my life’s passion. This sounds a bit crazy, but it is true.

Determination and persistence are the key to most successes in life. Finding your life’s passion is no different. You have to dream, then you have to plan and finally you just have to get off the couch and go do it. So no matter what your dream is, you have to be willing to try. Life is about the journey; it is about the friends and bonds you make along the way. It is not necessarily about the end result.

Once I created this crazy bucketlist, and then started really trying to find ways to make the items on my list a reality, a strange thing happened. “My someday, became my right now” and when I innocently started telling my friends what I was discovering an even stranger thing happened, people were intrigued. They wanted to hear more stories. It got them thinking that maybe they could try something new, or maybe they could dream a little bigger. It seemed that what I was doing became contagious, but in a good way.

I have no idea where this is going to go, but in the meantime, I am having the time of my life, and nothing means more to me than when I get an email from a stranger and they tell me they were inspired and motivated by my story to get out there and live their life a little larger because of it. Wow, that is really amazing stuff.

In the meantime, I just keep trying to figure out new ways to try new things and in the process I hope I am making a difference. Getting out of your comfort zone is admittedly a bit scary at first, but then you start to change the way you think and a really neat thing starts to happen. I think you call it empowerment, but what it boils down to is that suddenly the impossible starts to seem possible.

Living my life to its fullest is now my daily mission. No more excuses, no more feeling sorry for myself. It takes a fit body to live life to its fullest and I owe it to myself and my family to take care of myself and then seize life. The older I get the more active I am getting and I hope that the courage it takes to do all this helps just one person. I am learning that trying new things is the greatest high on earth.

This past weekend I took my 19-year-old son rock climbing The Flatirons near Boulder. My cousin and her husband joined us and it cracked me up to think that we were all there, trying to climb a 70-foot wall of granite, because I dared to dream. Me, your average suburban 47 year old mother!

Once I started rock climbing I learned that I loved it. I also learned that if you dare to dream you just might find your own passion and when you share your passion with others it spreads. I think this is pretty cool.

So my friend, I ask you “what’s next on your list?”

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