REAL WORLD QUEST OF CHANGE

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

Henry David Thoreau

FEELING LOST

There are times that you feel overwhelmed at things especially when you already have your job. You are so hyped to do your tasks because you know that your efforts will be properly compensated and you can buy the basic necessities that you need as well as the material things that you wanted. You do overtime, you overload your tasks, and there is a desire to get promoted.

But one day, you just wake up realizing that you have an improper work life balance, you lose the drive to do your job because you feel exhausted. You feel trapped, frustrated and unable to make progress. You start to question yourself, “Why I am unhappy?”, “Am I ungrateful?”, “Am I unappreciative?”, “Am I not contented?”

It is a good experience of finding yourself lost. Most young professionals feel it but they tend not to voice it out. Why? Because our present job makes us feel secured as it gives us our basic necessities, but the real deal is even our job makes us feel secured, we cannot find our purpose in it. The fulfillment is not there. And it totally agrees in today’s culture that everyone has the burning desire to discover their passion and determine their purpose. There is a desire to make change, but we are afraid to do so. It is because we feel much safer if we stick on what makes us secured. Am I right?

Observing yourself is a good practice to recalibrate your purpose to live your life to the fullest. Watch your mind, feelings and even your own thoughts. It may be effective especially if you REALLY FEEL LOST. Maybe at some point, it may help you improve your physical health because this affects a lot especially if you are workaholic. Self-care is a serious business and you should not neglect it, whatever it may cost.

But do not be afraid to reinvent yourself. As long as you find your true purpose, everything may come across naturally. It is more of a re-birth. You reflect. *winks*

SEEKING YOUR TRUE PASSION

“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”

Wanda Skyes

We know how frustrating it is if you cannot figure out your passion. It can be easier for other people to say, “Just follow your passion”, but in fact, it is challenging.

I went through quarter life crisis in which it comes to a point where I felt that my job does not make me fulfilled and happy. In my case, it is more of a routine because I get used to it, but not as a commitment. I almost quit my job and caught myself one time looking for a job in local online advertisements. I used to cry in the middle of the night because I am too confused. What a struggle! Whew! *wipes my forehead*

Then I realized that maybe I can engage on things that I am passionate about while I am outside of work. Since I wanted to pursue Multimedia Arts before, I tried photography and started creating contents on Instagram. Though my posts were neither sponsored nor monetized (as how other content creators view social media platforms nowadays), I find myself fulfilled with what I am doing. Now, I started blogging and I feel happy as well.

I am glad that I am able to do what I love while I commit myself as well to my work, I conclude that feeling lost is a matter of choice. It is good to feel lost sometimes, but it depends on you if you will allow these negativities burn you out or not.

Keep in mind that your true passion cannot be found overnight, but it can be realized through series of discoveries of small interests. It may be hard to commit in your passion, but if you are really into it, you will do it regardless of its consequences. You do not have to be really good at it as long as you engage yourself in it.

It is not bad to dream, have a desire to look for possibilities and create a change as you pursue your passion. It all starts by asking yourself about the things that you already love doing. If you have one, then you are quite ahead of your game. Ask your friends and family. How many of them have followed their passion? Expand your social circle and associate yourself with these people to be inspired. Look for the possibilities. The more possibilities you find, the more chances of finding your true passion.

Published by Cyrel Rodriguez

Sir Cy is a full-time college instructor at Cavite State University-Indang Campus.

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