IWIWIW: How to Discover Your Life’s Purpose in About 20 Minutes

I Wish I Wrote:

HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR LIFE PURPOSE IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES
by Steve Pavlina, January 16th, 2005

Why I Wish I Wrote It:

I don’t like my job.  I thought that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but I’m not even 4 years into it, and I’m ready for something new.  Unfortunately, everything I’ve done post high school was geared towards getting me here.  So now that I know it’s time to go somewhere else, I have no idea which direction to take. Articles like this are supposed to help:

Here’s what to do:

  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
  2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
  3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

I’ll admit I have not yet committed my 20 minutes to this exercise. Perhaps this is just me making more excuses, but my head has been so clouded lately that focusing has required more effort than it should, so my attempts to start the list have not gone well.  (I suspect this is also why it takes me a long time to fall sleep and why I suck at yoga.) I have, however, been keeping a list of jobs and/or organizations that stick out to me (such as the Boys and Girls Club, Culture for Kids in the Arts, children’s libraries, tutoring, and academic support), so I at least have a starting point.

I’m curious if anyone out there has tried this, or similar methods before?  Did they work?  Have you discovered your life’s purpose?

IWIWIW: The Short and Sweet Guide to Being Fucking Awesome

I Wish I Wrote:

THE SHORT AND SWEET GUIDE TO BEING FUCKING AWESOME
by  Julien Smith of In Over Your Head on January 24, 2011

 Why I Wish I Wrote It:

It’s basically an inspirational self-help post in disguise, but with over 5000 likes, 1500 re-tweets, and 145 comments, clearly it works.  As suggested by the title, it is short and sweet, with 3 easy to remember “standards of awesomeness” – which is great because ain’t nobody got time to read long, complicated articles.

The message is simple, easy to remember, and 100% relevant and doable for everyone:

From this day forth, your purpose is to be the most fucking awesome person you can imagine being.

That’s it, folks.  Just be awesome.  (I mean, you obviously already are pretty fricken awesome because you’re here reading my blog.)

Also, there is a picture of a shark in space!

IWIWIW: Preschool Gems

I Wish I Wrote:

PRESCHOOL GEMS & IT’S TWITTER FEED
By Leslie McCollom

Why I Wish I Wrote It:

It’s adorable! It makes me laugh! And I’m super jealous that I didn’t think to turn the things the kids I teach I say into a Twitter feed and make billions of dollars by turning it into a book. Or a TV SHOW!?!? (Oh wait…)

I only teach kids a few weeks out of the year, but one summer my assistant and I wrote some of the quotes down and I still laugh about them.  Like: “Wholly cow! He SPITTED in my MOUTH!” or the kid that did a 3 minute “monologue” where he put on a faux-fur coat, curled up in a ball, and said nothing. (He later told us that the piece was entitled “Roadkill”.)

Anywho, here are some of my favourite gems to entice you to check it out, if you have not already done so:

preschoolgems

IWIWIW – What Are You Doing at 2am?

If you have no idea what this is all about, you can either refer back to this post, or I could just tell you that “IWIWIW” stands for “I Wish I Wrote It Wednesday” and I’m pretty sure you can figure it out.

I Wish I Wrote:

BUDGET NIGHTMARES: WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT 2AM?
By Average Joe of The Free Financial Advisor on December 17, 2012

Why I Wish I Wrote It:

When I first read the post, I immediately retweeted it so that I could easily find it again. Back then I had the idea of IWIWIW brewing in my head and I knew that this post would be one of the first things I’d give my props to.  Why? Because a month later, the comment I left that day still rings 100% true.

AverageJoeComment

I still eat like I do, and sleep like I do, BUT I haven’t been working like I do. I’ve only worked 7 hours at my PT job since Christmas, instead of 15-20 hours a week (no, I didn’t quit; there just hasn’t been shifts). And you know what? I can feel myself changing.  It’s slow… but I’m sort of starting to feel like “me” again.  I haven’t felt like “me” since June!  It’s a great feeling!

Until I look at my bank account.

I’m fortunately not in a desperate situation, but I certainly don’t like the situation I’m in. Something has to change, but change is scary and hard! Sometimes I don’t think I have it in me, but then I think about the woman that called into to the radio show and know that I can either change something, or end up like her – desperate, defensive and in debt.

I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in my life (101 of which are what started this blog), but I always seem to have more excuses then motivation. I’m envious that Average Joe made the changes he did, while in college no less.  Here I am, nearly 30 and I’m still “sleeping at 2 am”.

Introducing IWIWIW

I Wish I Wrote It Wednesdays.

A new (hopefully) weekly feature here on my blog.

In my brain, this was a brilliant, new, 100% unique idea … but Google tells me that it’s not. Damn! But anyways, in case the title doesn’t completely give it away, the idea is I’m going to post something that I wish I wrote on Wednesdays. It could be an article, blog post, book, song, email, note, tweet, whatever – as long it resonates with me in some way.

The purpose is of course to share the brilliant things that I come across in my life with all the lucky people that read my blog, but there are also selfish reasons: those being to (hopefully) attract/retain more readers, to give me more direction with what I write, and of course, to keep me writing.

So… here we go with my IWIWIW debut!

I Wish I Wrote:

HOW TO WRITE A BROADWAY HIT

by AG of Regected Riter on September 22, 2011.

Why I Wish I Wrote It:

Well for one, it’s quite witty and humorous, and I am neither of those things. But I am a former theatre major (and aspiring writer?), so I can relate to being asked “So when are you gonna be on the Broadway?”  Silly people… I was on already on Broadway!  See:

broadway_me

Ok, so maybe not quite.  Regardless, this post is GOLD! I’ve often made fun of/rolled my eyes at what’s passing for musicals these days, and love how this guy blatantly points out just how ridiculous it is. I could rant and rave about how these types of musicals are the equivalent of reality tv shows, and that theatre should be a tool to educate and not lower itself to the lowest common denominator to please the masses and sell as much crappy merchandise as possible, but I won’t.

Although I will never be a fan of the “dartboard” approach to writing musicals, if it’s gets people to see live theatre, then Bring It On! (See what I did there? Because they made the cheer-leading movie in a musical?… Anyone?… No?… Okay I’ll stop.)

If you ever have a recommendation for IWIWIW, please let me know!

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