How much for a happy life?
I’ve spoken before about being happy and “following your passion” but my question today is how much should that cost? Is it how much time, how much money, how much your mental state is affected?
As a couple Ian and I are no strangers to family deaths and we value now more than ever how short life can be. How you think you’re just cruising along when a diagnosis can pull you up short. We’ve had many a discussion about genetics and the role they play in families. About not settling for mediocre and taking opportunities when offered, trying to inspire our girls both in careers and life in general.
With this in mind and finding his landscaping business physically draining on his aging body (yes there is a 0 birthday coming up next month), Ian has spent the last few months writing a book. A fiction novel with a surprising and interesting storyline.He’s worked very hard on it and even worked on his laptop in Bali last month. As part of the editing team I’ve read some of it and he has a great turn of phrase with his imagery.
So back to the title of this post. Yesterday it started to worry me about the time this book authoring gig was taking and the boring, practical, worrying part of my brain took over. I tried to explain how I felt but it came out all wrong as it so often does. I heard myself nagging and crying “woe is me” which has lead me here. Ian asked me “How can you put a price, timeline, emotion on being proud of what you are doing? Of being fulfilled emotionally before your life comes to an end?” When you think of it that way – how do you? I have plenty of inspiration in my life of others – and I’ll use a wanky term – following their dreams. Ian with his book, my sister quit her stressful job and now has a jewellery and gemstone business and there is Junior off living the dream at the Edinburgh Fringe. The boring, practical, worrying part of my brain (his name is Gary :P) takes over so often and frustrates the crap out of me.
The question that I’ll always remember from the time I saw a life coach was “If money was no object and you were guaranteed not to fail, what would you do”. Mine was always to have a combination cafe and secondhand bookshop – that was until I saw how much work that involved! It’s still an idea I revisit from time to time and plan menus and decor if I’m bored. Right now, today, this week I’d like to cook from home (my problem being how to make some $$$ doing it?) and I’m working on food photography skills which I’m really loving. My fear of failure has abated and starting and continuing this blog has really helped with that.
So my question to you is my $1000 question: If money was no object and you were guaranteed not to fail, what would you do? I hope you’ll share some of your ideas with me.
As usual I’ll leave you with some food spam photos.