Going in Search of Your Treasure

Social Media Detox: Day 9

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Did you ever achieve your dream?

Did you ever find your treasure?

If not, why?

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when the dreams of our youth begin to falter, because I think it’s a process that sneaks up on us.

Before we know it, we’re miserable in our job, in an unhappy marriage, and/or just plain dissatisfied with life.

This is often blamed by the amount of responsibility we accumulate over our lives. Once we start a career, have a family and a mortgage, our dreams tend to fall by the wayside. We spend too much energy in ways we never anticipated during our youth.

But, the reality is more closely associated with the fear that we’re not good enough. This is a bigger energy drain than the responsibilities we garner just by living our lives.

We abandon our dreams of finding treasure, or our “Personal Legend”, as Paulo Coelho calls it in “The Alchemist” (which you may or may not have seen me mention in 1-to-all of these posts), and so we stop searching.

When we stop searching for our treasure, life’s meaning begins to fade.

But we are creators.

We have to create.

So, if you want to search for treasure again, I’ve got a shovel you can borrow.

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Freelance writing for startup blog

Meeting with my cousin’s video game development team

Something I Learned Today

Those who really want gold mine for it on a daily basis until they find it or die trying.

Something I Read Today

“[Creative people] use their responsibilities as excuses for not pursuing their dreams. They underestimate the power of starting small and taking consistent actions.” -Srinivas Rao, “How to Make Creative Ideas Happen by Organizing your Life into Projects”