Bold strokes

drawingI’m increasingly convinced that life rewards those who make bold strokes. Those who grab fear by the ears and headbutt it will be rewarded for their brazen attitude in the end. I’ve always believed this to be true but it’s one thing to believe it and one thing to actually test it. It’s been a few months since I quit my job and moved away from home. I wish I could say that these months have been hard but honestly they haven’t. I have no money and no steady income to speak of but honestly I’ve never felt more content. Sure, I have my moments of panic but they are often overshadowed by a peace that only freedom can provide. My time is my own. No 9 to 5 owns me. I can’t even begin to tell you how that feels. There may be a time in the future where I have to return to the traditional working world, but as of right now, it’s not in the cards for me. I have other plans and even bolder strokes to make.

I want to give some love to a friend, Jess, back in Ithaca who recently made a bold stroke and has already been rewarded for it. A few weeks ago, Jess made the decision to leave a job that makes her absolutely miserable so she can move back to a place she loves.  When she decided to quit she didn’t have a full time job lined up, just the possibility of a part time one. She took a huge chance–and to repeat the same cliche I’ve been hearing over and over “especially in this economy”–but she did it anyways! I told her to just plow ahead and don’t stop moving forward. Don’t stop to think about what you’ve done, just keep on going. And you know what? She hasn’t even fully left her old job yet and she’s already found a new one that sounds absolutely fantastic! And it’s right where she wants to live. I wish you the best Jess and your courage to do something scary to improve your life inspires me.

I don’t think it’s selfish to want to improve your life and to make bold choices in order to do so. (Just know the difference between a bold choice and a stupid one.) I feel like I’m in a place where I can actually give more of myself to others now since I’ve decided to follow my own path. I’m happier and it shows in the way I treat others. I can now spend time with people and not worry about where I have to be next. I always felt like other people owned my time and my talents. I was never using my gifts to improve myself, instead I was using them to improve the status of those I worked for. I want others to join me in making bold strokes. I want people to feel like they truly own the small amount of time they are given, because it is limited. I’m talking about a movement here people. We all have talents and we all have a calling. We each need to realize what those talents are and stop ignoring them. Can’t you hear that muffled little voice deep down inside that wants to be free? Don’t ignore that voice. That’s you in there. Once we each do what we are here to do, we’ll enjoy and value each other and the world around us a whole lot more.

James Brown once said that it’s a mans world. Well I say go out there and show them that you’ve got balls!

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