Jump, Jump.

Posted on February 24, 2012

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Speaking of taking jumps to play with your life, here’s some visual inspiration along similar lines:

I’m not sure I’m entirely down with the “forgetting the rest” part. Nonetheless, the idea of taking a plunge to do what you love is a point well taken. I conceive of it in terms of letting go of fears and inhibitions, and as mentioned earlier this week, of taking the risks that will ultimately multiply opportunities in your life.

To me, little inspirations and images like this at first sound like cheese. But then, as I begin really pondering the idea further, and empirically — like, what would it really look like in my life to “do what I love?” — I start having revelations. In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the practicality of happiness. How to balance your own desires and expectations for what you think you want to be doing with your life with what you actually want your lifestyle to be like on a daily basis. For as Annie Dillard has aptly noted:

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

Achieving practical happiness involves putting aside the expectations of what you have traditionally believed will fulfill you (which often, upon closer examination, are really self-imposed obligations for what you think you should do) and replacing them with actions and choices better aligned with how you actually want to live out this one life you get. Figuring out that latter part — how you want to live — requires plenty of reflection and maybe even some reconstruction, but I am more and more convinced that we intuitively know these answers, if we listen to ourselves with open ears. The scary part of truly listening to ourselves, though, is that it means we usually have to let go of some previous self-conception, and take a jump. But looking at the picture above is a good reminder that, though such jumps can seem risky, more than anything they’re thrilling and FUN.

So. What will you do today to ensure that how you spend your day is in line with the vision you have for your life? What actions (big jumps, or mini-jumps) will you take so that your relationships, your work life, your home, your location, and your free time reflect your ideal picture of the same? There’s some food for thought for you this weekend.  Cheerio!

/ Image via Yes and Yes. /

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