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Find Your Bliss

When you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else. – Joseph Campbell

I love this quote so much, and it makes sense. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll have lots of opportunities. However, I’m having some trouble with it too.  Before you can follow your bliss, the first thing you have to do is find your bliss.  And that, is easier said than done.

I speak with some authority because as a teacher, I frequently talk about the future with my students, and as a parent of two recent college graduates, find your blissyou can bet that topic comes up a lot in my house.  How do you find your bliss?  And once you find your bliss, is it going to provide a living wage for you?  These are questions that I get asked a lot.  Okay my students (and my own kids) don’t often use the word bliss, but you know what I mean.

How do you find your bliss?  I think the best thing you can do is try things.  Try new things all the time.  Take a class, read a book, talk to people, volunteer, do whatever you can to expose yourself to as many new things as possible…something will strike a chord.  One of my own kids was really struggling, trying to figure out what to do with their life.  They’d done well in school, but had no idea what to study and settled on history because it has always been an enjoyable subject.

Flash forward to graduation, there is my child, with a degree in history and still no idea which path to follow.  I encouraged said child to come work at my school as a paraprofessional.  I know they didn’t ever want to be a teacher, but it was a way to buy some time (and pay the student loan bills.)  Well a chance conversation with a staff member and my child was all it took.  There was an AHA moment and my child is now enrolled in a graduate program and following their bliss.

When you find your bliss and follow your bliss, it’s true, doors will open for you.  Those doors may not be monetary in nature, but they will lead the way to great happiness.  I can’t think of anything better!

 

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