One Question to Guide Your Life

After twenty five years of doing what I should, of following the path laid out for me by my parents, my teachers, the society, the culture, I stopped. I sat on a couch for almost a year. I did nothing much other than looking for an answer to this question: What do I want? What do I want to do in life?

I was a twenty five year old woman, educated, with a degree I got because I didn’t know what else to do. With a life (now left behind) that I built because I did not know what else to do. And I did not know what I wanted. I did not know what I wanted to do in life.

It shocked me. It shocked me that I would not know. How could I not know?! It was me, it was my life, how could I not know how I want it to look like?!

It took over a year for faint traces of answers to begin to emerge. It took a long time for me to be able to look not to my parents, my teachers, the society and the culture for answers, and begun to look to myself. It took a long time for me to learn that the only valid question by which I judge my choices and decision is not whether they will bring love, peace and happiness to everyone else =- but whether they will bring love, peace and happiness to me.

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About Pausha Foley

I live in a world where trees are friends, mountains are peers, animals and humans are partners and allies. In my world there are no rules, truths nor ways of being, there is only being whatever I wish to be in whatever way I like.