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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!


It’s All About the Bliss

When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else. ? Joseph Campbell

I’ve had a multitude of jobs in my life.  I’ve had the typical student type jobs.  I worked at a ski area in the snack bar, I worked at the mall and I had a fast food job in college.  The were jobs, and they were okay for making cash, they were even fun, but they didn’t bring me bliss, and it’s all about the bliss, after all.  After college, I worked in a bank, and I hated that.  If anything, it was the anti-bliss job.  From there, I went to work at a car dealership, it's all about the blissand that is where the bliss began.

At one point in my tenure at this place, I literally felt complete and total joy in doing my job.  The days flew by, and I was incredibly happy.  I felt like I was singing and dancing my way through life at that point.  But it was a job, and it wasn’t a career.  It paid my bills, it made me happy, and guess what, it opened doors for me that may have never been opened, otherwise.  See, I used to always have a radio playing, but because of the structure of the building, the only station that came in was  local station.  Well one day on that station I heard an advertisement for a local school and their new continuing education program.  Work full time and finish your degree at night in 8 week terms.  Bam – open door. It was an opportunity to fix some past mistakes from when I was in college and finish my degree.  This of course led to my undergraduate degree in psych and my M.Ed in elementary ed.

I firmly believe that because I was so happy, and yes, I was even blissful that it opened a door for me that never would have opened otherwise.  I didn’t ever listen to that radio station, and I would have never, ever heard that commercial if I wasn’t at that particular job that brought me so much happiness.  So find your joy, find what makes you happy and do it.  It’s going to lead you to things you never ever imagined.  So find it, follow it and love what comes with it, because it’s all about the bliss, after all.

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