“Ambition is priceless, that’s something that’s in your veins.” – Wale – “Ambition” – Ambition
We come from all walks of life, but the one thing that rings true is the drive to succeed, whether it is the drive to get that next drink or drug, the drive to get clean and sober or the drive to get up and go to a job that you know you don’t love. Those of us in recovery speak a language of ambition, no matter how that energy was or is directed.
Now is the time to direct that energy in a direction that will serve your highest purpose. I asked you to jump. How do you do that? It all begins with the experience. Early in recovery, I left a career that was very lucrative. I could have kept climbing the corporate ladder, as I had done for the previous five years. But where was the passion? I found that, although the money was fantastic, it no longer served my highest good. I felt a stirring in my soul, a vexation in my spirit. It was time to move.
I began that move with what some may call a “get well job.” It gave me the opportunity to do the things I love. I fell in love with the outdoors in recovery. Before that, I used the outdoors as a side dish to my active use. What I found in treatment was a world that begged to be discovered. I did everything and anything I could outdoors, kept the cable TV off and explored my environment. That may not be the case for you. What calls you? Did you want to paint more? Write more? Sing more? Dance more? Laugh more? Speak more? Now is the time to direct that energy into doing just that.
As the Wale song “Ambition” says, “The time is now, on everything.” You spent years surviving. It’s time for you to thrive. Start doing the things you longed to do but just couldn’t find the will to move towards. You’ve done so much work. You’ve solidified your service commitments to others. What about the service commitment to yourself? We asked God, our higher power, to guide and direct us, not to do the work for us. Your life begins and ends with the experience. How you feel about these experiences will tap into your passions and create the reality you seek. Is it possible that the life you dreamed of living is waiting for you to begin? All you have to do is find that spark. All you have to do is move.
I am a firm believer in doing what makes you happy all the time. As long as it is not causing any harm to yourself or others, keep doing it! Now I have found that, in following your dreams, someone is bound to get hurt. What it comes down to is whether or not you are clear in your intentions. If you feel that the risk of causing harm to others or yourself is far greater when you’re following your passions, then it may be time to reevaluate your passions and see if they are worth following. As long as you are not setting out intentionally to hurt others, you owe it to yourself to give it a chance. The only way to do this is to have an experience. There is no right or wrong way to have the experience. You just need to have faith that it will play out just as it should. You will grow and learn from the experience. You have the right to be happy, joyous and free. How bad do you want it?
When your dreams are followed, adjustments must be made. I don’t like saying “sacrifice” because to me a sacrifice is something you have to give up forever. Forever is a long time, and I don’t believe that sacrifices are necessary for everything. I had to make adjustments in lifestyle to explore my ambitions. To train for a figure competition, I had to adjust to training six days a week, sometimes four hours a day. I had to avoid foods that I loved to eat. I didn’t consider these adjustments to be sacrifices because, once the competition was over, I could go back to them. What I do sacrifice today is my misery and unhappiness.
In following my dreams, I have gained insights, such as knowing that there will be some who will not understand what you are doing in the beginning. But I promise you this much: once they see the grand plan in action, the tune can change rather quickly. Those who balked at your adjustments may begin to understand why they were made. A spark may begin in them to move with their intentions and dreams. Now you have inspired others to live a life worth living. Who says you have to keep doing what you’re doing if you’re miserable? Why do they get to say these things? Who are they in your world, really? What do you owe them that you don’t already owe yourself?
I believe in you, even if we have never met. I believe in you because we are the same, and we come from the same family. You have come this far, so why not take the first step? Let’s move! Jump now!
Keep me posted on your joys, ok?! I would love to know what epic adventures you are having!
Love and light, fellow travelers.