In this brand new year, I hope you do something meaningful, with passion.
The world needs your passion–because when you engage in something you’re fired up about, the energy is contagious. You will spread ripples to many people when you do.
If you’re caught up in the same old, same old routine, this is a great time for change. Create a life where you look forward to each day, instead of waiting for the weekend, the vacation, or the retirement.
Now, about trying something totally new to you–you may be holding back because you’re scared of the unknown or you feel silly starting something you’ve never done before, but you’ll come alive in the process if you begin with a beginner’s mind. Be open to learning. Be open to new people who come into your path. Joseph Campbell once said, “When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on the track that has been there all the while… you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open doors to you.”
That’s exactly what happened in my first year of growing bolder at the age of 44–when I re-discovered a long-buried passion from my teen years. I set some goals, I developed a vision board and a vision list and life began changing in amazing ways. People began crossing my path and connections showed up in unexpected places. Like peeling away the layers of an onion, I discovered more and more of myself with each new experience. The first time I accomplished a goal, I grew bolder. I set another one, and accomplished that. And I grew bolder, still. It has been a couple of rich, amazing years of transformation and learning. And it all came from the simple act of unwrapping my passions.
Speaking of growing bolder, it lead, literally, to Growing Bolder, the media gang in Florida who blow away the stereotypes of what it means to grow older–because “it’s not about age, it’s about attitude.” Bill Shafer, Executive Vice President and the talented cameraman, Jason Morrow, captured the story of how I met Judy Myers, the world’s oldest female barefoot water skier who sparked my return to the water. The most valuable part about the message at Growing Bolder is that we are tossing out the stereotypes of what it means to grow older and choosing simply to grow bolder, instead. The world is filled with people who are breaking the boundaries of aging and doing what they truly love to do. No matter the number of candles on your birthday cake, you’re living another brand new day. And it’s all up to you how you choose to live it. If you want to do something that no one else your age has ever done–well then, you just might have to lead the way and be the first.
So, that passion that’s bubbling inside of you–it’s time to unleash it.