This post by James Victore triggered a flood of thoughts about the life path I have chosen. There is a lazy streak inside me that yearns for the easy life, but I am grateful that most of the journey has instead been a great adventure.
James asks: What price are you paying for the life you have chosen? He observes:
Everything you desire in life has a price and you have to be willing to accept that price. If you desire to do great work, it will cost you. Likewise, security and comfort will cost you. If you want a luxury apartment with a wrap-around sectional couch in leather with stainless steel legs, it will cost you.
But here’s the thing: I’d rather be exhausted striving for excellence than churning out work that succeeds merely because it offends the least amount of people. The cost? The fear of financial uncertainty. But I willingly accept this cost because it allows me to follow my path and craft the type of career and lifestyle that I want and need. There are things that I will not compromise on, including my sanity, happiness, time with my family, spontaneous travel with my son, and creative control in the work I choose to take on. If I fail, I will fail on my own terms, doing what I love.
If you have not yet found your adventure…and are willing to do some investigation…I have some homework for you. The book “The Happiness of Pursuit” has been a great read. The author shares examples of dozens of life pursuits where the joy is found in the journey, not the destination. For example, the author (Chris Guillebeau) sets out to visit every country in the world before his 35th birthday. Along the way, he shares the characteristics of a great quest.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks for listening.