I didn’t come looking for the Manifesto. In fact, it was an “accident” that I found it at all. I was hoping to find things on the net that would bring the spark back into my life, like paintings, books, movies, etc, when I saw a black image in white background. I clicked on it, and was immediately drawn to the words and phrases just popping out in front of me. LIFE. Dream. Eat. Travel often.
For a while I sat in front of my computer reading and re-reading and digesting every single word. At that stage, I was pretty overcome with emotions that I was compelled to have it. It was exactly the kind of inspiration I needed.
At some point in my late 20’s I’d lost sight of my dreams and zeal for life. I was adventurous, surrounded by lots of friends, and always up for a good laugh. But somehow, somewhere I became scared and self-doubt crept in. I became somewhat of social pariah, often rejecting invitations from friends and preferring to stay at home. I got further in the dumps when my relationship had broken down, and to top it all off, I suffered from anxiety at the thought of having to go to the job I really hated! I literally watched my life go by and waited for something amazing to happen.
Nothing amazing did happen to me. At least, not immediately after receiving my poster. But I was sensing a shift. And as I walk past the framed poster in my bedroom, sometimes stopping to read it fully, other times just looking at one or two words, I found myself not waiting, but actually DOING them. It was like a coach giving me my daily pep, encouraging me when I was having doubts. I eventually had the courage to leave my job, had a nice three month break before tackling a new and exciting role, created new hobbies and adventures, and reconnected with friends while making new ones along the way. Best of all, I no longer fear anything…except cockroaches!
Next stop, I’ll be diving with sharks! This is MY life. And I’m having fun!
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