“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.” – Anne Lamott, in her commencement speech at Berkeley
Oh, how I (heart) (heart) (heart) that woman. If you need more evidence as to why I take such a strong stance of love and devotion when it comes to one of the world’s most gifted and passionate writers, read her entire (though not long) inspiring spiel to these lucky grads.
And in the spirit of finding out the truth about who we are, I impart a lesson I’ve been learning my entire lifetime – and especially the past five years – but have only truly comprehended on this very day: The more people think what I’m doing is illogical, risky, or just plain nuts, the more likely it is that I’m doing what’s right for me.
Pay attention to how something resonates with your spirit and your gut. Learn the difference between your gut and fear/anxiety (note: it takes practice – and some serious self-evaluation). Forget logic. Forget your family. Forget your friends. Forget the expectations you had last year, or the person you were five years ago, or what you wanted when you graduated college. Scripts are boring, and well-paved paths are the best way to get stuck in a traffic jam. Find a detour that’s yours and yours alone. Without anyone else in the way, you’ll skyrocket to where you’re going.
And when everyone else finally arrives, you’ll have snagged the best parking spot.