What Do You ACHE For? Are You a Dare Dreamer?

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

Have you read this little gem of a book? I remember picking it up probably ten years ago as I started this part of my journey. I was looking for meaning though of course those were not the words I used back then.

I saw the cover of the book and read the invitation, Oriah wrote a poem and calle dit The Invitation and much to her surprise it went viral on the internet, it seemed that everyone who came across it felt compelled to share it with friends, who in turn shared it with their friends. So she wrote a book around the original invitation and I too quickly fell in love with it.

It spoke so directly to my heart, it reassured me that I was not the only one that felt there must be more to life than six figure salaries and 60-100 hour work weeks. It gave me hope.

How does the quote speak to you? When I first read it I became aware of our tendency to identify ourselves with our J.O.B. You know how that is! You are at a party and someone asks, So what do you do?.

After I became aware of this I would look at them and ask Do you mean what do I do for a living or who am I. Much as we might think otherwise they are not one and the same.

For example at the time I was a corporate lawyer but I did not identify myself with that role outside of the office. I was so much more, we are all so much more than the work we do. Of course the passion-preneurs among you are more closely linked to what they do but even then each of us has unique qualities and gifts.

So what is it that you ache for? Do you dare to dream? And if you do, do you dare to take action on that dream?

A dream is only a dream until it becomes reality-I wrote this a few months later on a beach in Mexico and since then I have worked to take my dreams and put them into my reality, to act upon them, to take giant leaps often in blind faith and pure trust, and guess what? My life has been richer for it.

Now it's your turn. Go on, become a Dare Dreamer! What have you left in the dreamworld that you can bring into your reality? I would love to know.

To your life on purpose and with passion.