Doing what you love

I watched the following video the other day, and it really got me thinking. What do I want to do? Is what I’m doing right now what I love? etc. See it for yourself:

This got me thinking fairly hard. It is a sad truth. We are raised to think, that it is all about money. Not just by our parents, but by everything around us. Cost of living is high, you need money. To have all the fancy wonderful things, you need money. We all used to say, money doesn’t buy happiness…but does it not?  Have you ever been so broke, you can’t pay your bills, can’t buy food, can’t afford things for your children? A little money would certainly make you happier in those situations.

Then we have our jobs. We are always searching for jobs that will make us more money. No matter how awful they are, how awful the people we work for are. It’s all about how much green we get at the end of the week that matters. We live our lives this way. Doing things we hate, to afford things we think we want, and the cycle repeats over and over. It becomes reality for our children, and they will continue the cycle down the line. It’s awful.

So I sat down today, and asked myself that question. What would I want to do, if money was no object?

It was actually more difficult than I thought it would be. After 33.5 years of life, I have somewhat lost the vision of what I would want to do. I always wanted to be a veterinarian. Work with animals, perhaps in a zoo. I of course let that dream go…because lo’ and behold, I could not afford that kind of education. So what would I really want to do? Here is what I came up with, after days of internal deliberation.

I want to be an artist. Yes, I realize I don’t actually know how to draw, or paint or anything artsy…but…that’s what I want to do. I want to share this love for art, online. Through websites and blogs. I want to use this art (by sales, etc), to raise money to help animal shelters and wildlife conservation efforts. I’m not just saying it to be noble. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a very large soft spot for animals. I love cats (hello…5 cats anyone). I may not be able to be the vet helping these animals, but maybe I can help by donating money, time, and goods. I know this would never lead to a life of luxury. I know it would not net me very much money. It is however, what I would like to do, if money was no object.

So, the question for you is. What would you want to do?

Of Birds and cages – the begining of free flight.

Oh of birds and cages!  I often have felt like a caged bird in the middle of a field when it comes to the internet. Nearly free, but not quite there.  Today, I begin the scary journey outside the confines of my brass cage, and into the wide world of the web.  I suppose it’s not such a giant scary jump, after all, we deal with people every day in our daily lives. People interaction isn’t what is scary. What is truly both fascinating and horrifying, is sharing with those people. Sharing what’s in our heads is sometimes easier said than done.

So here begins my journey. I hope to share freely, inspire, make lasting friendships and learn a little more every day.  I hope you will join me!