“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
I recently came across this amazing keynote speech by Jim Carrey. Many of you may have already seen this wonderful speech, if you haven’t please go watch it.
In his keynote address Jim Carrey tells a story about his dad. His dad always wanted to be a comedian. It was his dream. However, he thought a career as a comedian was far too risky and nontraditional so he became an accountant. In the middle of his career, Jim’s dad was let go from his accounting job. Their family struggled after that for a long time.
Jim told this story in an effort to make a beautiful point- you can fail at what you do not love, so why not try to do what you do love?
Woah. I don’t know about you but that was revolutionary for me. Life is strange and random. Things can change in a second. So if we can fail at the things that don’t make us happy and that don’t spark joy, why don’t we take a risk on the things that truly spark joy?
Decluttering my life and simplifying was a risk. Starting this blog was a risk. Following our dreams is a risk, but the bigger risk is never trying.
Again, we can fail at the things that do not spark joy in our hearts, so why not try the things that we so desperately want to do.
I’m not suggesting we all suddenly quit our conventional jobs and start saying “always” and “yes” to every random thought or idea we have. I am suggesting we stop saying “never” to our dreams and to our hearts.
Bonnie Rae xx