“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with you one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver
What would you do if you had the confidence to do it?
This is the question I’ve been asking myself lately. There is so much I want to do in my one wild and precious life. And with my 50th birthday just months away, I’m feeling the nudge to create my plan sooner, rather than later.
But where do we start; where do I start?
The answer may be to start from zero. With a blank sheet of paper in front of you, begin asking questions and then allow your heart to discover the answers.
Ask: What gives you energy? What are your passions? What are the special talents that have been entrusted to you? How do you want to spend your time? Where do you want to live? What types of people do you like working with? How will you make the world a better place? What type of environment inspires you? What is the greater purpose of your work?
Ask for what you want and then believe you are worthy to receive it.
Sometimes the simple path to creating our plan starts by acknowledging the life we are living is not enough; the plan begins by discovering what can happen next, and then finding the confidence to allow it to happen.
But where do we find this confidence; where do I find this confidence?
The answer may be as simple as faith; start with a leap of faith. Believe you were made for a reason and your life has a purpose greater than you can imagine.
The first step is to get that blank sheet and begin writing. Look at the words pouring out. Find one thing you can do right now and focus on that. Confidence is contagious. After completing one thing, you may find you have just a little more confidence to tackle the next part of your plan.
And for me?
When I face my last moments I don’t want to feel regret; I want to feel a satisfying contentment that I found the confidence to do exactly what I was made to do.
I started creating my plan today.
Will you join me in this one wild and precious life?
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.