You hear us talk about this bliss thing a whole lot. But really what the bleep is bliss? And why the heck should we follow it?
We first heard ‘follow your bliss’ from the documentary Finding Joe. We’ve written about it here before. It follows the work and theories of philosopher Joseph Campbell, who is kinda epic in some pretty amazing ways.
“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” Joseph Campbell
Bliss is joy, it’s passion, it’s your purpose.
To follow your bliss is to do what you love, what you’re passionate about, it’s to follow your purpose. It’s to live true to YOU.
It’s about making your own path, not choosing that job because it ‘makes sense’, not doing what Mum and Dad (or society) thinks is right.
Bliss is the thing that makes you smile huge. It’s the thing you do that makes time no longer exists, the thing you get so freaking excited about.
You should seriously consider following your bliss because…
Opportunities pop out from no where… the doors really do open! The day we quit our jobs we noticed this, it was literally like the universe yelled WOOHOO! And BOOM we had amazing opportunities land in our inbox.
Have you ever noticed how much happier you are when you do stuff you want to do? What about how crappy you feel when you’re doing stuff you dislike? It sounds pretty simple doesn’t it! But why do so many of us continue to work on things we don’t like?
Yes, change can be scary, taking that leap of faith is a risk. But really, what is the greater risk? Leaving the secure 9-5 corporate job or looking back and realising you just spent 30 years of your life in a job you hated, being unhappy and doing stuff you didn’t enjoy.
Your career choice impacts your health. It’s not just about stress either, we all know that stress is a number 1 cause of many illnesses.
Our old jobs had the stressful days but mostly they were just jobs with no fulfillment. Working a job where you feel nothing is mind numbing and can take you to pretty dark places. When you follow your bliss, yes there will be stressful times BUT there will be epic fulfillment… because YOU’RE making the rules, you’re deciding what to work on, it’s all up to YOU! Inspiration will fly from all directions. There will be high vibes.
Change other people’s lives.
What ever your bliss is, you’ll help others. Whether it’s a product or service or simply inspiring others to follow their own bliss! The funny thing about bliss following is that once you do it, you want to help others do it too. This is one of our most favourite things to do actually.
Leave a legacy.
The fact is… we’re all going to leave this planet one day. When you follow your bliss you create, make and do amazing things you’re proud of. You’ll work on it, spend years on it, but it will never feel like work. You’ll have a sense of life fulfillment and you’ll be remembered for this work.
Your bliss will become your legacy. It will become your positive dent on this big, crazy amazing world.
To follow your bliss is to create an amazing, magical and fulfilling life.
Yes, those doors are going to open and yes you’ll meet the right people at the right time. We guarantee life will flow. We’re not saying it’s going to be easy, oh no, quite the opposite. It will be hard, there will be times when you think ‘what the bleep am I doing?!’ But then you’ll come back to your why, you’ll remember your bliss. Then the flow will reappear as if by magic!
The journey is never a straight line and really, what’s the fun in that?!
These struggles are what makes your story even more epic. They will always be worth it.
Perhaps it’s time to change your thought pattern from ‘it’s too risky to follow my bliss’ to ‘what’s at risk by not following my bliss?’
Emma + Carla
p.s what is YOUR bliss? Share it with us in the comments below! <3
pp.s not sure what your bliss is? Get out our guide to finding your bliss.
Feature image by Bel Combridge Photography.