This has nothing to do with having a plan for the future. I’m talking about direction. It is not completely dependent on any one set path. There comes a time when the time spent planning a future is eclipsed by never ending change.
I believe the foundation to guiding and developing a direction first starts with understanding what is important.
A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others. – Chin-Ning Chu
Defining what is important is often extremely difficult as priorities change daily and perceptions can be altered in an instant. However, the top things in your life should be fairly easy to name. Strip all the social contextual stuff out of the way and it’s fairly easy to see what is intrinsically important. What really matters at the end of the day. I see it as this: if you can stand (by stand I mean survive) to lose it, it’s not important. If you stop being who you are and have trouble living if you lose it, then it’s probably pretty important. Find those things that matter and write them down. I did. It’s marvelous what stripping out all of the crap and truly seeing and feeling what is important in life can do to your direction.
As social creatures, we are often enveloped in falsely constructed ideas of how things should be, the things we should do, and the path we should take. Many of the world’s greatest tragedies were instigated by notions of falsely constructed ideas that were held important. I do not wish my life to be written as a tragedy instilled by false motivations of grandeur or success to which does not fall important.
The subjective definition of greatness resides within a profound ascension of what is innately important in life. Finding such pathways, and alleyways, in that direction should be not only our will but our life.
Find what is important, absolutely run to the end of the earth with it, and then hold it as high as you can and celebrate it to no end.