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Choosing the grey areas of life


Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I came across this quote from Sally Coulter. Now, I have no idea who Sally Coulter is, but this quote and it’s inherent message kept streaming into my consciousness all day.


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I’m not sure where I sit with this. As much as I can see what Sally is saying and I want to cheer yes, I also feel like saying ‘hang on a minute’…

See, I’m someone who has talked about passion quite a bit. I’ve talked about purpose and passions, and following dreams. I’ve also spoken about appreciating the small moments, and the things that you aren’t told about following your passion.

I think what’s bugging me with this particular quote is the perception that it’s all or nothing; follow your dreams or be happy with the mundane of life.

Why can’t it be both ways?

This is what gnaws at me about almost every current topic at the moment. Everything’s got to be black or white. There’s no grey areas. No melting pot of ideas, visions, or ideals. It’s one way or another.

I’m grey. I’m firmly in the grey area.

I want to follow my passion, AND enjoy the small moments along the way.

I want to be energized by my dreams and goals, but appreciate the mundane at the same time.

Of course Sally’s right in saying that not everyone has a passion or a purpose-filled path to follow. And that’s okay too. And there shouldn’t be any pressure on people to feel hopeless if they don’t have something they are driven to focus on.

Another thing is, passions don’t have to be change-the-world huge. They just have to be important to the person. Knitting might be a passion. It might just be a hobby too – but why can’t it be both?

I’m a firm believer of life being what you make it. You get out what you put in. There’s give and take. Highs and lows. Moments of inspiration. Periods of directionless stagnation.

But it doesn’t have to be, and it’s not, one or the other.

It’s like the happiness goal. Happiness is an emotion, not a destination.

I think rather than follow one path or another, we can and should be able to live in the grey areas of life. Which is maybe what Sally is trying to say?

What do you think?

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