Lululemon just posted a great blog about finding your life's purpose. Sounds a bit deep and overwhelming, but sometimes we just need to sit down a do a little self-reflection on what we want and where we want to go. Maybe you'll have an epiphany, or maybe it'll just give you a little more insight into what direction you should take next. I filled out the questions here, but I encourage all of you to fill it out for yourselves and give yourself permission to grow and dream and take that leap of faith into the unknown.
01 WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD SIX MONTHS TO LIVE?
I’d sell my truck, buy a camper van, get my boyfriend to move over to the West Coast, and I’d draw, create music, travel, and ride my bike all the way down to South America and back. I’ve always wanted to do a huge roadtrip all through the states down to South America. Living the simple life, full of colour and heat and music and joy and adrenaline and love.
02 WHAT WOULD YOUR 90-YEAR-OLD SELF TELL YOU TO DO?
I think my 90 year old self would tell me to listen to that gut instinct. To not pay attention to all the “what if’s” and judgements and worry of others, and to follow my heart. Don’t hold back on what you want to do and who you want to be, as scary and out of control as it may seem. Tomorrow may never come and you never want to regret not doing something.
03 WHAT CAN YOU GIVE YOURSELF MORE CREDIT FOR?
I think overcoming change, adapting, and being open to new possibilities. I went through a tough time transitioning from a full time racer to a lifestyle athlete, but I took something bad and turned it into the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I also think I’m more organized and smarter than I think. Growing up and being a creative mind in a regimented school system never made me feel like I knew what I was doing. I felt my efforts were a bit written-off because maybe I didn’t go through the process the same as other people, but at the end of the day I’m just as smart and just as organized. “Judge a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree, and it will spend it’s whole life thinking it’s stupid.” or something like that.
04 HOW WOULD YOU BE BEHAVING IF YOU WERE THE BEST AT WHAT YOU DO?
As far as my art goes, I definitely would be putting my foot down more. I’d be more assertive in what I wanted and how much I got paid to do it. It’s hard in an industry that is known to undervalue peoples skillsets. Everyone loves art, but most don’t want to pay what it’s worth. If I was the “best” (because best is always subjective to the viewer) at what I do, I’d be able to charge what I wanted, and say no to the jobs that weren’t respectful of my hard work and talents.
05 WHAT DO PEOPLE THANK YOU FOR?
Can't think of anything super specific, but every once in a while I’ll get a personal letter or a shoutout from someone who I’ve inspired. People will write to me and say how one of my photos or videos or write-ups has touched them, inspired them, or helped them through a tough time. This gives me so much joy and happiness I can’t even begin to describe. I don’t know what it is, or what drives me, but hearing that I’ve touched someone’s life in a positive way is so rewarding. I want people to feel like they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. I want to motivate people and light a fire up under their ass. I try and look at the world from a positive point of view, and it breaks my heart when people don’t see their own beauty and talent. So being thanked for making an impact on someone’s life is probably the one thing I get thanked for. And it’s so freakin awesome every single time.
06 WHAT IS IT TIME FOR IN YOUR LIFE?
I think it’s time to make a move. I feel like I’ve sat on the edge of my ideal life staring down at it for too long now. Waiting. Waiting for what? I can see it, I can feel what it’ll be like, and I can imagine my life how I want. Now I just have to jump. I’m standing on a cliff-edge peering down into a beautiful turquoise pool, with all of my friends cheering me on to jump. What’s holding me back? Right now all I need is that inner-self to give me a push. That non-verbal, subconscious reflex that makes your body leap out off that ledge, into the air, into risk, into the unknown. Jump. Just. Do. It. You’ll be so happy once you land.