We all live in a bubble. Unlike a hi-tech bubble, its size is determined by your unique values, worldviews and experiences.
As I think back to my 20's to early 30's, I lived in a small bubble. It felt big back then, probably because I was working for the big brands in the tech industry. Work was life and I wasn't good at talking about anything but business. I never took the time to read because I believed learning was better done through hands on experiences, attending conferences or watching TED talks. The life I had was much like a lab mouse, aimlessly running the wheel in a cage I'd created.
With the arrival of my first born, my worldviews collided; career and family just simply didn't go well together. My bubble was popped but the challenges of motherhood gave me the strength to blow a bigger and stronger one. I kept myself busy by making things at night and struggled to stay positive dealing with the daily grind of a homemaker life. The experience of hitting bottom after leaving behind the corporate glory gave me the determination to never allow myself be defined by a job again. It was then that I began the search for a life long purpose that can fulfill from within.
Nine months ago, I realized that a meaningful journey could only be found through experiencing and looking inwards to follow your intuitions. I fell into a growth mode since, dedicating every night to learning something new. My newfound love for online learning led to over 100 online courses from sites like Skillshare, Khan Academy, Udemy, and YouTube and industry leaders such as IDEO. I also learned to have patience and began acquiring inspirations through books. I also learned to have patience and began acquiring inspirations through books. Over this short period of time, I engaged in topics ranging from computer programming to illustrations, spirituality to design thinking and creativity to modern day marketing. The volume of information and knowledge across disciplines have truly brought out the curiosity and self-reflections I needed. More importantly, the new direction is an experience led path giving me clues along the way. I also began unloading judgments, of others and myself, so I can stop letting emotions make up criticizing stories and seeing the world with less filters. It is through deliberate practice and transdisciplinary learning will you be able to see the different sides of you. I've been a stranger to my 40 year old self and it took a long detour to start seeing who I am. Everyone has hidden figures waiting to be discovered and whether you're in your 20's or 60's, step out of your routines, work or current state of mind to begin living out a more passionate and brilliant life.
Here's an inspiring interview with Seth Godin to help you kick start your journey.