What would you be doing if you could do absolutely anything?
So this question actually inspired me to put together my anything-is-possible list and I had so much fun doing it that I wonder why it took me this long.
I also discovered that pouring out your heart desires (those things you would absolutely do if there were no restrictions or fears), is a very therapeutic and inspiring process. Who would have known right?
A Stranger’s Perspective
Funny enough, I was inspired to do this exercise by a former stranger (who is now my newest friend).
I recently met someone who despite not knowing anything about me, and even while trying to give himself a mental lift (perhaps because of that) was brutally honest and surprisingly insightful towards me.
He made me realize I was too afraid to visualize my desires for fear of failing to achieve them.
So I decided to make a list of everything I wanted in my life, disregarding any pre-conceived notions I have of why they ‘may not be possible’ as the next step towards my desired life. I call this step;
ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR DESIRES
- Traveling: I would absolutely love to go on a world tour, continent by continent. Of course I don`t plan on going to every single country! But, I actually have a number of countries/places in each continent that I would love to see.
- Writing: Oh, would I love to become a professional writer, with published works in different languages and in different countries? Absolutely! I have starting this path, now to grow while staying consistent is all I need.
- Languages: So I want to be fluent in French, Mandarin and Italian. Oh my gosh, that would be such a dream!
- Become my own boss: Of everything on this list, this is the one I feel the most urgency to achieve, and I most certainly will.
- Natural living: This I have actually started, but I am taking such tiny baby steps that I feel the need to take one very bold step into the natural lifestyle I desire.
- Earn a 2nd degree: This time, I want a degree in arts (my 1st degree is in sciences). I would really love to have a degree that would help me cross cultural boundaries, like languages.
- Gain a 2nd & maybe 3rd citizenship: I want to gain a 2nd citizenship besides my country`s. I want to immerse myself in other cultures as much as I can, while having my home country to come back to.
From my list, it`s obvious (and I just realized this myself) that my greatest desire is not just to see what else is out there, but to cross the cultural boundaries set by default for me from birth.
Having admitted my desires, I actually don`t know why I haven`t been sincere to myself about what I wanted and started earnestly working towards them, because they are absolutely achievable!
So what is keeping you from living your desired life?
Have you acknowledged what you desire in that life?
What would you do if you could do absolutely anything you wanted?
Weekly Book Picks
What I’m reading:
This week’s picks (#bookishreads) were based on my need for depth and answers to questions about society, humanity, our individual choices and how these choices shape our world.
The first book is a true gem I discovered recently that provides a culturally diverse, yet unified perspective of our world today.
One of my consistent desires – world travel, has been made even more difficult by the pandemic and global restrictions.
However, Around the World in 80 Books is an experience that transports you from coast to coast, culture to culture through selected works of literature.
The memoir written by David Damrosch is a much needed global call to look past ourselves and our surroundings, and to see our world in new ways through it’s inter-connected literature.
…..Damrosch includes compelling contemporary works as well as perennial classics, hard-bitten crime fiction as well as haunting works of fantasy, and the formative tales that introduce us as children to the world we’re entering.
Taken together, these eighty titles offer us fresh perspective on enduring problems, from the social consequences of epidemics to the rising inequality that Thomas More designed Utopia to combat;
as well as the patriarchal structures within and against which many of these books’ heroines have to struggle—from the work of Murasaki Shikibu a millennium ago to Margaret Atwood today.Amazon books.
The second book pick is an old favorite of mine, so beloved like an old friend you go to when things start losing their meaning – like they tend to do in life.
The Seeker of Truth is a highly underrated book series that more people need to read for the sheer brilliance of the author in weaving together complex societal themes & principles into such a relatable and adventurous read.
This series is incredibly long so I’ll likely read it through March but that’s okay.
For the first time ever, I’ll be writing a review of the series so it should be even more worthwhile.