Several weeks ago I wrote about finding your purpose and the importance of honouring, finding and doing what makes you happy. If you missed it you can read it here FINDING YOUR PURPOSE
This week I want to talk about all the rest that ebbs and flows around us every day and how we see and function with it all.
I watched a brilliant interview last year, Billy Connolly was being interviewed by his wife Pamela Stephens who is a clinical psychologist. I am an enormous Billy fan, I’ve had the privilege of seeing him do stand-up live, I’ve read so much of how his life has been an extraordinary journey and the idea of him being interviewed on camera by a psychologist who was also his wife, well it was bound to be brilliant and I wasn’t going to miss it.
The interview was everything I thought it would be, you were gently walked through his past, you were able to see the way he thinks and analyses life. He shared amazing stories, ones his wife hadn’t even heard, much to her amazement and you could see how this funny talented man has experienced life like no one else has.
The interview was brilliant and the overall outcome left me loving him just that bit more. There was one thing he said in that captivating interview that has stuck with me ever since “I don’t have the pin code to my life”. At his age, with ten lifetimes of experience, he knows his purpose AND passion but for the rest of it he has no idea, he just goes along for the ride and loves every moment.
How freeing is it to think that you can just be you every day, you can make mistakes, make new friends, move on from what’s holding you back, try new things, learn what you want to learn and not worry about the rest.
Do you ever get the feeling that one day everything is just going to come together? That romantic notion that it’s all going to click. What if it never does? What if we stop trying to find the code and take it all as it is?
I am fortunate enough to have found my purpose but constantly struggle with the rest. Constantly waiting for it to all fall into place, but I think Billy has it right, just do what you love and let the rest happen around you.
One thing I am certain of now is I am not willing to invest more than I am willing to lose, I’m protective and passionate. I try and see everything as it is without blinders on and take life at face value. I just need to embrace it all more and enjoy the ride.
After we’re all done and dusted we aren’t going to remember the small stuff, hopefully, by the end, we have some extraordinary stories, warm memories and the people we love by our side.
So if you’re waiting for it all to click or to discover the magic code that makes it all work, perhaps look at it differently from time to time, enjoy the ride, create amazing stories that perhaps one day you will need to explain to a clinical psychologist!
I thought I would finish this week with a few quotes from the man who inspired me to write this, these are best read with a thick Scottish accent in mind!
“I worry about ridiculous things, you know, how does a guy who drives a snowplough get to work in the morning… that can keep me awake for days.”
“Who discovered we could get milk from cows, and what did he THINK he was doing at the time?”
“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares? He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!”