“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
On the verge of becoming one of the “crazy ones” is a very ripe place to be. “Crazy” is being defined here as one who steps way out of any self or culturally imposed boxes and makes the decision to take action on behalf of the heart informed inner voice. That voice of courage, passion and strength that has never know conformity.
What makes us decide that we can no longer hide out in complacency or fear of being all that we are? Confidence and determination are certainly a part of it. Yet I believe that it is deeper than that. There is a place inside of each of us that has known since the day we were born the purpose we came here to serve.
This may be a quiet purpose out of the public eye, or it could be a completely visible one where there is no hiding at all. Whatever it is, knowing your purpose with clarity is the starting block on this journey of coming out.
As women this knowing can be delayed a bit. Sometimes we wait in quiet expectation until
our 50”s, 60’s or even 70’s before we take the time to listen to the heart and intuition driven inner voice that Steve Jobs speaks of above. It is never too late to become what is your hearts desire!
Take me for example. I turned 63 this year and I laughingly said to a friend of mine recently “I keep calling myself midlife. Am I really deluded? If I am at midlife now then I will be living vibrantly until age 126!! Now that is possible I suspect, but a more likely explanation is that I find life so irresistible right now that every day is like an art piece to be explored.
My friend wants to redefine midlife to include the years when we are vibrantly choosing to make a difference and passionately following that inner guidance with heart directed action. I agree with her. Midlife is whatever we define it no matter what age we are.
Are you playing it safe? Or have you decided to be one of the ‘Crazy Ones”?
Those crazy ones – make a difference. Narrated by Steve Jobs
…and then there is Alice Walker
“So in the end you can’t even really regret your misfortunes,” explains the beloved author Alice Walker, “because they led you somewhere.”