At some point during your own journey you’ll be communicating your unorthodox plans to your family and friends. This is what we have been doing of late.
Whilst we have been developing our ideas for some time, it came out of the blue to our family and friends. For some of them it was an idea that they quickly became excited about and they jumped right on board, others took a while to warm up, and some still aren’t there yet.
I’ve figured out that the idea of not working (in the conventional sense) challenges our deeply ingrained social norms, resulting in questions like “but what are you going to do with your time?”. I find this fascinating since there are so many wonderful things that we could all do with our time, but the prospect of actually doing those things all the time is a foreign concept!
This brings me to sat a Sanskrit word that my yoga teacher recently introduced me to. It refers to our true unchangeable essence or inner truth. Our sat maybe in significant contrast to what is expected of us. By being true to our sat we can hope to find our purpose (or dharma) in life.
Whilst it may feel fabulous to get a “high five” from your family and friends for finding your new way, they might be more comfortable with you pursuing a more conventional path. Of course they do this because they love you and because they probably see the “normal” path as the safer one. Truthfully, I think there is another reason, which is that if we all followed the same structured life it would avoid others asking themselves confronting questions about how they live their own life.
So if your loved ones give you that high five – fabulous! But if they don’t, don’t despair. I firmly believe that you need to live your own life, not the life others want you to live. Instead follow your sat and build new relationships with people that share your ethos. This will take time, but when you meet those people (as we have) it is highly energising and reaffirms that you’re not crazy and that you really are on to something!