You can run away from yourself for a very long time. But that will eventually bite you in the ass.
You can stop seeking your passion, now. You won’t be able to “find it”.
Your passion lives within you, you could not have lost it unless you ripped it from your own DNA strands.
You are born with your own unique passions, life map, and reason for living, no ONE else has this information. It does not exist out there. The answer could not possibly exist out there or be separate from ourselves… or then we would all really be screwed, spending our whole lives looking around and around and around trying to find IT, hoping someone else doesn’t have IT, or that we will be forever lost without IT.
The only way we lose IT and lose our passion and our way is when we silence it, cover it up, or don’t give it voice, don’t trust it, or think that our own internal guidance is “lying to us” or leading us astray.
In that sense, we can only ever make one “mistake” and that is to not to trust ourselves, our own wisdom, and that the Universe doesn’t have our back.
My desire is to be a person whose life is worth living and whose life is dedicated to a greater cause than just myself. That is real for me.
Find what is real for you.
When we ask for the things we truly want in our lives, the lessons we are given to “get us there” do not come in the way we think they should… but none the less you are fulfilling your soul’s purpose even right now, by being you. Even without knowing how.
There are people in this world that live their purpose just by going where they are called to go and by being themselves. Perhaps this is the greatest human experience to be at home in your heart and to trust that by following it you will in fact fulfill your highest purpose without having the need to call it such.
What Oprah knows about Authenticity....
You can run away from yourself for a very long time. You can be married to the wrong person for decades and pretend it's fine. You can fake it doing work you only half care about. You can hide behind accoutrements, square footage, and cars. Big-screen TVs and fancy vacations. But you will never get away with being a phony.
Eventually life reveals itself and shows you a mirror to help you see your own truth.
And if you've been faking it, ignoring your thoughts and feelings (what I call your emotional GPS), the wake-up call can be harsh.
The call often comes in the form of what, on the surface, looks like loss: loss of a job, a relationship, your looks, or whatever external thing you use to find value in yourself.
When you excavate deeper, examining more closely every situation that has fallen apart, you will find truth gone awry.
I know for sure that we each contribute to the whole of what it means to be a human on earth. The fullness of our humanity can be expressed only when we are true to ourselves. Your real job on earth is to become more of who you really are. To live to the highest degree what is pure, what is honest, what is natural, what feels like the real you.
Anything less is a faked life.
To be authentic is the highest form of praise. You're fulfilling your mission and purpose on earth when you honor the real you.
Your whole life becomes a prayer of thanksgiving.
From the November 2015 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine