It's been over two weeks since writing my last blog post, I've been aware that I needed to write something, but nothing really come to mind, however, I have had discussions with people over the last two weeks which have left me pondering about life, career choices and how important it is to know our values so that we can design our lives around them.
A year ago I was lucky enough to be introduced to a woman who has spent the last 22 years travelling the world, often on private yachts working as a personal chef for royalty and billionaires. She has been lucky enough to lead a life which encompassed her passion for travel, adventure, food and people.
I found her story to be very inspirational and I feel many others will too. I think many of us dream to live a life that encompasses our passions but what happens to most of us is we get sucked in by mainstream ideas.
This has happened to me throughout my life. I remember I went and bought a tape player and radio with my first pay packet with the New Zealand Post Office, purchased my first car at 16 years of age, a better car at 17 years of age, my first house at 23 years of age, got married at 24 years of age, had six kids by the time I was 30. I joined the Police Force as a 19 year old thinking that that would be my career probably till I retired at 65 years of age.
I have learnt a lot since then. I wouldn't swap my nine kids for anything, but I so wish I had sat down before receiving that first pay packet, or taking out my first mortgage and taken the time to consider what I really wanted to do with my life.
Rather than living a life of habit, a life that mirrored mainstream thinking and consumerism, I wish I had worked out what my values were. I see many others doing the same things, spending their hard earned money on more clothes, a nicer lounge suite, a better car, a nice house.
I have found through experience that none of this makes us any happier. What will make us happier though is living an intentional or purposeful life based on our values. Values such as health, relationships with people important to us, connecting with nature, doing satisfying work, having a sense of purpose, having an abundance of personal time and opportunity to express our creativity. Matters of the heart, rather than possesions of wealth.
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