The Door-Opening Power of Reconnecting With What You Love(d)
[Editor's Note: As 2010 closes, I want to sincerely thank each and every person out there who has become part of The New Pursuit. I am so grateful to all those who share comments, subscribe, re-tweet and all that goodness that helps us all move towards living more deeply each and every day. I'm excited about what 2011 will bring and hope you will be a part of it t00.]
Sit back. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Now answer this question:
When you were growing up, what was the ONE thing that you loved doing above all else? That favorite of favorites that you bent over backwards to do? That single thing that rocked your world and made you feel absolutely alive (and kicking)?
For me, it was music. Playing, writing, listening; jamming in the basement with my brother and friends; playing gigs throughout high school and college; recording demo tapes on simple little 4-track machines; dreaming about rocking out with 50,000 of my closest friends at stadiums throughout the world.
You get the picture.
But alas, I grew up and became an adult. I lost touch with the magic of those moments as more and more of those ‘adult responsibilities’ came onto my plate. The hours I spent practicing and playing guitar (and all those other instruments) gave way to other things. In retrospect, that fact is neither good nor bad. It just is. Interests and passions come and go. And can come back again.
Rekindling an Old Flame
But over the past few weeks that long-dimmed spark has been firing again. Oddly enough, it all came about by way of Christmas Carols.
Our two oldest kids have fallen in love with singing carols. One of their favorites is John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over). In an attempt to foster this musical moment, I dusted off an acoustic guitar and opened up the keyboard cover on the piano to see if we could learn to play it together.
And we did. Having a boat-load of fun in the process too. Look out Partridge Family. Jump back Jackson 5. Duck for cover Jonas Brothers. The Gerlach Three are bursting out on this scene. OK, maybe not (for now…).
What’s Your Thing?
We all have that thing that is buried deep within us looking to come out and play again. That long-forgotten favorite that could blaze a new trail for living deeply each day.
For me, it is music. But for you it could be a million different things: board games, backpacking, water skiing, writing, painting, dominating at dodgeball, cooking, learning languages, traveling, kayaking, singing, hanging out with friends, planting flowers, making mud pies, swimming in the ocean, star gazing, sewing, skating, doing gymnastics, building things, acting, dancing…
As we close out 2010 and head into the New Year, now is the time to reconnect with that thing. Go ahead, do it. Tap into that wellspring you thought was dry. Dig in deep with it and let it move you again.
Who knows? Reconnecting with this passion could open up all kinds of doors for you: stress relief, healthy body/mind, meeting new people, transforming your ‘career’, creating your own Smalltopia. As Robyn over at Minimalist Knitter writes about in this amazing post, Are You Selling Passion, Selling E-Books or Selling Yourself Short?:
“But what I love more are folks that are sharing their passion with others online, and have figured out a way to earn a living while doing so. Women and men who do what they love, and the money follows – not that it drops out of the sky to them, but these folks have figured out how to monetize their passion in a way that doesn’t suck their souls dry.”
I try not to get too caught up in the New Year’s goal setting craze, preferring instead to set out with some guideposts for the year and let things develop organically from there. Perhaps we’ll save that for another post. But one thing is for sure: I’m keeping the guitar fired up, dusting off that old notebook of lyrics and seeing what I might be able to do to record a few tunes in 2011. Who knows? Maybe that long-forgotten album might finally get produced.
How about you? What’s that one thing you loved to do? How might dusting it off let you live more deeply each day? If you’ve reconnected with it recently, what’s been the result?
Best wishes for the New Year. Be well. Now and always.
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