Rather than give up on the world, we can confront it directly and with passion, and create for ourselves a meaning out of the pain, loss, and struggles that we endure everyday.
I mentioned in my write up sometime ago that what motivates you today gives you the currency to purchase what you will be tomorrow. Today’s advantages must be used to buy tomorrow’s opportunities. Every person is motivated by something in particular. When you know what motivates you, life becomes an exciting adventure. You are driven by your passion and you have a reason for getting out of bed in the morning. This kind of energy is natural and essential for personal success.
“The only certainty is that we are here, in this moment, in this now. It’s up to us: to live fully, experiencing each moment, aware, alert and attentive. We are here, each one of us, to write our own story—and what fascinating stories we make!”
Dave Chappelle once said; “The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.” This is a recessive truth because fear of being looked down on or rejected makes quite a number of people live on the terms of others, hence not living the life purpose.
The reason most of us can’t be ourselves in the face of the world is that deep down we are not really sure who we really are. We’ve spent too much of our life shifting ourselves to match what others want. However, they’re few exceptions of individuals who are doing great having stopped living on the terms and expectations of people around them. Example of such is Matthew Berry
Matthew Berry is a Hollywood screenwriter turned Fantasy TV presenter. For someone who has been writing for sitcoms and movies to decide to make a career out of his fantasy sports obsession, it was more than a dream come true and a perfect example of living on one’s own term.
In his New York Times Bestseller, “Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It”, Berry noted that he was 35 years old and miserable and the only thing that made me happy was this dumb little fantasy sports website that I had started on the side.
In 2005, Berry went after his passion: fantasy sports. Appearances on radio and TV for ESPN and the NBA landed him in a meeting with ESPN vice president John Kosner. Berry persuaded Kosner to let him turn his hobby into a full-time job. Now, Berry is ESPN’s top fantasy sports analyst, spending his days playing in every type of league imaginable. The dream job has led Berry to tell Sports Business Daily, “I like my salary. But I’d do it for free.“
Berry’s life trajectory is a validation of passion, purpose and owning up to one’s true self regardless of the noise from the outside world.
“Being true to oneself or Living life fully” can mean different things to different people, however regardless whatever your concept of living life is, always ensure it is done for your own sake because when the chips are down, it is your life.