You have played by the rules, jumped through the hoops, like a good trained marmot and still no treats at the end of the cycle?
What is going on? Where is the Canadian, or American, or Aussie, or _________ (fill in the blank with nationality here) dream?
You are not alone. You were told a number of things growing up which you believed but which are not exactly accurate. Maybe you grew up imprinted on Disney or TV. So you figured you would be or have what they had. Perhaps you were told that working hard, going to university, keeping on the straight and narrow, and knowing the right people would lead to success. Success as it was presented to you, is a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all variety. And everyone knows that success leads to happiness, doesn't it? Well, doesn't it?
So how come so glum, chum?
Dammit Jim! I did everything I was supposed to - why do I still feel dead? Why is everything not making me happy? I got the wife/husband, the 1.3 kids, and the big (flat, townhouse,) house in the right part of town. I drive the right kind of car and go to the right places. I even recycle and give money to charity. But now the person I - moved in with, or am dating - is not my "beautiful wife/husband". And I am feeling less and less energy, could that be...depression?
This is not what I want! Stop the wheel! I want off!
Perfect! You've reached step one on the journey!
Step one on the hero's journey - the journey toward self-discovery and becoming the hero you actually are.
The Hero's Journey - Who? Me? A Hero?
If you have followed society's formula, you will always (unless you are brain-dead) come to a point where you realize - "Hey! This isn't working for me!"
The life you are shown on TV, in movies, and popular fiction, is not your life, therefore it can never satisfy you. You need to set out on your own life in order to be happy. That necessitates not looking outward - toward what society, your family, friends, or media tell you - but inward. You need to make the connection with yourself.
.Only by having a life that is uniquely yours, that develops and makes the most of your own talent(s), can you ever hope to get your happiness on, achieve your destiny, and/or find your own version of success. Not sure how to do that?
Learn to meditate! Learn to connect with yourself and find the answers you need to get your life going on.
A Learn to Mediate class will be held at Northern Lights College late September. Time and exact date to be announced next week.
If you are not in our area and can not attend physically but would like an audio or video class available online let me know (use the contact form) and I will consider that.
Don't forget my book The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Meditation is available through this website or on Amazon.