This day has been coming for a long time. I have thought about it, researched it, trained for it and procrastinated over it.
I have trialled it and failed at it but I have always known that one day, this day, that I will do my own thing, my way and change the world (or at least my small portion of it).
And here it is.
What’s so special about today?
Well it is the start of everything else.
I am on a journey and I have made a promise to myself that will bring benefit to me, my family and I hope many others.
This promise is what has sustained me over the past few years, what has encouraged me, kept me going through difficult times and has given me purpose.
To put this into perspective, this day has been reached because of one day about 17 years ago that was the start of what was an incredible (and at times frightening) personal, professional and emotional journey.
That day in October 2000 when my world changed, and later in 2011 when I was told that I was clear of ill-health, has led to this day through twists and turns, successes and failures but mostly life-changing experiences. That story is for another day though.
People fascinate me, they always have because although there are 7.5 billion of us (and counting), we are in many ways the same.
More connects us than divides us and we are all individual, entirely UNIQUE.
We are like no other.
Our voice is like no other
Our abilities are like no other
Our choices today, will affect our tomorrow
Like no other
From the time we are born, throughout childhood and into adulthood we are led along a certain path; one that has been laid out and developed by generations before us.
This is the path that “works”, that will bring results, stability and happiness.
Today, we live and work in a global environment; in the last two decades or so, the internet has opened the world up to most of us.
It is no longer necessary to look only at our own backyard for experience and inspiration; the opportunities afforded to us are like nothing that has gone before.
Yet, our values are to a great extent still determined by the people we live with, grow with, play with and love with. For many this leads us down a path that may not be the right one, for us.
In saying, this I recognise that for many their path is chosen for them and not one they have control of or a choice over; I respect and understand that.
For many of us we do have a choice.
We can choose to follow The Conventional Path, the one that is laid before us by our parents, teachers and peers. The choice is easier (as no choice is easy), well known and accepted. This is the right choice for many, it is rewarding but it is not the path for all. OR
We can choose The Less Conventional Path, it is well known but less well-trodden. The choice to take this route is a more difficult one; it involves more risk and can be more slippery with tight turns but the rewards are greater and for some it is the right path. OR
We can choose The Unconventional Path that is relatively new, that has not been taken before because you may be the first to take it, in Your Way. This can be exciting but also risky, may involve you turning back at times and taking a slightly different route but it can also be very rewarding, fulfilling and with purpose.
Whichever path we choose, it is a difficult choice and so, we should be sure it is an informed and conscious choice and one that is right for us as individuals, for our families and loved ones.
Our lives are like a jigsaw, they have a finite number of pieces and are put together in different ways, some traditional, some not but we all eventually complete the jigsaw in some way.
So whilst we may follow others, take their lead, listen and learn from their experiences, how we choose to interpret and use that information is up to us. We will make mistakes but that’s fine, they are our mistakes, we learn from those and move on but still we keep learning and growing each and every day.
Sometimes, it may take a while to find the missing piece(s) and until then our jigsaw remains incomplete. Our lives may still be happy and enjoyable but not entirely fulfilled; for many this is an entirely good life.
The search for the missing piece of the jigsaw often takes some people to places they thought they may never go, eventually reaching a place that they know is right for them, where they can be themselves; they have found their way.
After my experiences in 2000 and the years that followed, In Just One Day in 2015, I made a choice to do My Thing, My Way; I found my missing piece of my jigsaw and have never looked back.
And so I say to you, come and take the first step with me and see where it takes you, what it shows you and how it makes you feel.
Once the first step is taken, the next will be easier and the next and the next and so on.
It may take you a while to find exactly what you are looking for but keep on going, the panorama at the end is well worth the effort and the wait.
What we do today and the conscious choices we make really do matter because today, this One Day Changes Everything.
I wish you luck my friends and I would be delighted to hear about your journey, please post in the comments below or share your story by contacting us and I will get back to you.
To help you on your way I leave you with a poem by Robert Frost that has been very important to me.
I hope you like it (the poem is in the public domain)
Wherever your road takes you, enjoy the journey!
The Road not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Until next time. Have a great day!