It’s my belief that there are two types of people in the world – those that are asleep and those that are awake. And while I believe all people are inherently good and live their lives from a place of doing what they feel is best, the differences between these two groups couldn’t be more different.
Disclaimer: I want to state right now that one group is not better than the other. I’m not here to point fingers at people and cast blame. I write this post mainly for those who are either already awake or waking up. I want you to know that it’s not intended to offend or hurt.
Warnings out of the way, let’s continue.
So how are these good people different? Well it’s their view/approach to life that sets them apart. I can speak about this from experience because for most of my life I was asleep. I made my way through life in a similar way to all of those good people that are asleep. I went to work and did my job because I needed the money. I didn’t like it but it allowed me to buy things and pay the bills. At the end of the day I’d come home and spend my evenings focused (or rather unfocused) on whatever came up. Cleaning, cooking etc. And then I’d plunk myself down in front of the TV and spend countless hours tuning out life. Just as often I read to accomplish the same results. I floated. I existed. I counted down the days till retirement until I could do what I wanted to do. Until I could live.
I thought this was normal, and I suppose to some extent it is. Perhaps normal should be replaced with common. It’s all I knew. I was joining all the other people before me that let life happen all around them. I watched from the sidelines. I got caught up in other people’s business and lives as a way to live through them. I forgot I had my own life to live.
Again, this is my story and I’m not claiming it’s the same for everyone. I refuse to paint all of humanity with the same brush. But I will say I’ve seen this version of life in many people that I know. I understand. I also know they don’t see anything “wrong” with it. I hesitate to even utter the word “wrong” because it’s not really wrong, it’s just different. Are we clear still?
If you’ve just read the above and you’re angry and feel like giving me a piece of your mind, I wish you all the best. Feel free to close your browser and move on. This post is not for everyone and that’s okay.
If you can relate on some level to what I’m saying, please continue.
The second group of people are those that are awake. They see life as something to embrace and live IN, not watch from the sidelines. They participate, they take action. They are the people that are DOING things. They are the ones the sleeping people watch. Understand?
The awake folks see life as a journey not a destination. They want to live from their values, try new things, explore and follow their dreams. They know they can try anything, they know they can succeed. They see what’s broken with society and want to fix it.
They also know that with this wakefulness comes pain and struggle. They can no longer turn a blind eye to their feelings. They can no longer pretend that these things don’t matter. And it hurts. Because they want more. More from themselves and more from life.
I won’t get into a lot of detail on my own experience because I’m planning and entire series to share this. But I will say that the moment I woke up a few things happened inside of me:
- I felt a deep need to make a difference. Although I had no idea what that meant or how to accomplish this.
- I felt as though the world was my oyster. I could accomplish anything as long as I tried it and believed in myself.
- Fear no longer had a tight grip on my heart. It was still there but I was challenging it every moment.
- I wanted more from life and myself. It was a deep aching in my soul that made me want to cry.
With knowledge comes responsibility. That’s how I felt, anyhow. I felt it was my job to wake others up so they could enjoy just how amazing life is. To appreciate the gift we’ve been given and make the best of each and every moment.
I was wrong.
I understand now you cannot wake someone up. That’s no one’s responsibility. You can hope they wake up. You can send all your love and support that one day they will look at life in a different way. But you cannot wake them up. I repeat, you CANNOT wake them up. And if you try, you’re sure to get some pretty significant backlash. Trust me. This is experience talking here.
What I did learn is that I am an awesome greeter. I can be the welcome party to those people who wipe the sleep from their eyes and think “Now what?” It can be scary when you start seeing things from a different light. And it most certainly will feel lonely. Some people won’t understand and will try to tuck you back in for a nice little slumber. That happened to me too…twice.
But before you allow them to tuck you in, please know this,
You are on the right path.
I say this with all my heart. I understand and I empathize with the struggle you might be feeling. The pain of wanting more and the unseen force that pulls you towards closing your eyes and forgetting. I understand and I want to help.
As a coach it is my mission to support you in this journey. It is my mission to walk alongside of you and help you find the courage to keep moving forward. I am here to listen without judgement. I am here to provide a safe place for you to explore this life filled with new opportunities.
I can do all this because I have walked this path before. I have fought my way awake and I can assure you I am much happier for it. So let me support you on your path. Together we can battle what lies ahead. 🙂
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