“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Socrates was one of the greatest philosophers of all time.
At one point, I was so inspired by his knowledge that I wanted to take up philosophy in school.
At one point, I, also, wanted to take up psychology.
At one point, I wanted to be a dance teacher.
At one point, I wanted to be a Senior Vice President of a Network Marketing Company.
At one point, I wanted to be a life coach.
At one point, I wanted to be a successful Zumba teacher.
I genuinely wanted all of these things.
However, all of these things required a different Kat.
It wasn’t until my breakup last year that I sat alone with my thoughts, my fears, my insecurities that led me to the reawakening in my soul. A breakthrough.
However, with this newfound zeal for life, I discovered that breakthroughs come with responsibilities. And I’m not just talking about real “adult” responsibilities, I’m talking about the responsibilities of a new, next-level version of “you”.
My breakthrough didn’t really feel like a breakthrough at first. I had to have several different breakthrough moments for me to realize what started all this momentum of breakthroughs in the first place. And the thing is, I’m STILL going through breakthroughs and it STILL doesn’t feel like it! All along, I thought I’d feel these changes occurring in a happier manner; but it’s been the contrary! And why is that? I realized it wasn’t obvious to me because each time I grew just a little bit more, the older ‘me’ was dying. And with the old ‘me’ dying, I was stepping into a new Kat- uncharted territory.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from: philosophers; speakers; the Bible; my experiences, my mom; it’s that Breakthroughs aren’t meant to be easy; they’re meant to be difficult. They’re meant to challenge you because with each breakthrough requires a new level that you are to reach!
So, I challenged myself to take a step back and think about what I truly want in life. I challenged myself to silence all of the voices in my head from everyone who said I’d be great at this or I’d be great at that because I don’t just want to be great at something, I want to be great at something that fulfills me!
Because I’m at the start of this journey, I’m in a time of transition and from what I’m learning, times of transition are exciting yet difficult.
I’ve been so accustomed to what I’ve been doing that being in this new uncharted territory has been shaky.
I used to be hardworking in all that I did to make that my purpose.
I’d get burned out and then move onto something else to get passionate about.
Then, I realized I had it backwards.
If I just figure out my truest desires, I will work hard NOT out of obligation, but out of passion.
As I continue my journey of self-discovery, my hope is that 10 years from today, I can look back with fulfillment. My hope is that God uses me to touch many people with compassion and wisdom.
But the how?
Well, the rest, I’ll leave up to the Big Man Upstairs. 😊