In thinking about actually Following your Bliss, not the "One day, I'll pick up the paintbrush, write that story, or do xyz" but actually going forth and doing it, even if it's in baby steps, a recent loss reminded me how finite our time here is.
There is only one unique version of each of us, and like a fingerprint, we have something valuable to contribute to the world.
There's no better time than now to start doing that magical something: art, music, film, fashion, woodworking, speaking, inspiring, athleticism, that makes us forget what time it is, places us "in the zone," and makes our soul feel like singing, unless of course it's literally singing.
For me, it's writing and rarely a day goes by when I don't drop something on paper or in a document file. But make no mistake, pursuing the things we love, take effort, often monumental amounts of effort and discipline, which is not to be mistaken with work. When in the groove, the effort required has a return that makes every bit of sweat and concentration worth it.
Here are a few snaps of truth that have propelled me forward in following my bliss and doing what I love:
Once an author, always a writer.
Learn to love your unique voice.
Make every word count.
Don't let your writing get lazy.
And last, but not least, patience. I have to remember to be patient with myself; some days there are chores, errands, and other big life things that pull me away from my bliss projects. That's okay. Taking an occasional break, to rest and recharge or simply place our attention elsewhere, often contributes to an increase in creativity when we return. And my measure of self-worth and success in my bliss based endeavors starts and ends with me. As long as I love what I'm doing and believe in it with my whole heart, that are all the affirmations I need. Some people won't like it, notice it, or will, despite their best intentions, not give it the praise I'm hoping for, and I need to be okay with that. At the beginning and end of the day, what matters is that I'm doing what I love.
How does this translate to following your bliss? What project are you working on that makes your pulse quicken, that you can't take your mind off?
Actually, they're not so random. Not really.
Superb post on why writing is important by Leo Babuta.