Shining the light kindly.



This weeks blog is inspired by this quote I came across –

“It does not interest me what you do for a living. I want to know that you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

In my opinion, judgement is the biggest thing to stop our progress of this. In a world of materialism, a need to look in the mirror and look younger than the day before, fearful of the people next to you being younger, fitter or better than you. Desperate to feel wanted but never willing to take the risk and place your heart on the line. We are in a world where we want to have lived life but without ever aging.

My grandfather when he reached his 90s said that it was a strange thing, he felt 18, until he looked in the mirror and wondered who it was staring back at him. He told me this observation with humour, he would never have thought of changing himself, he didn’t dislike what he saw, it was simply the evidence he had lived life.

However for so many, we get caught up in a race and lifecycle that fulfills the ‘norm’ but not our hearts desire. There is always something we wish to do that we don’t. Something we don’t feel confident about doing. The uncertainty of a dream that stops us from even starting it.

I recently came across someone that used the term to me, ‘Shining light onto others’. I love this saying and it has got me thinking about it.

I have discovered that shining the light onto ones self is almost impossible, well for me anyway. That is why humans require interaction in my opinion to shine the light onto each other of the possibilities that life can give us. To challenge us, to shake the core of us, to ask what we achieve and what we are giving back to the world. We can analyse this alone, but it is only the support and kindness of others who will truly shine that light upon us.

When we give or receive this light, I have discovered the importance of doing it without judgement. Judgement can be a dark place for any interaction. I have for many years, probably through recognitions of my own mistakes in life, always attempted to have no judgment on others for the choices they make or the desires they have. One day you will need someone to shine some light onto your life and you will need them to do it with no judgement too.

So ask yourself. Do you live your life to the fullest, fulfilling all your desires and your dreams? If you are not, then there is no reason you shouldn’t. To fulfill your dreams and to take risks gives us access to lifes adventure, joy and knowing that in the end you will never say. ‘What if…..?’ If you are in doubt, go find your light from the kindness of your people

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