Following your dreams? Yeah, right! Let’s get one thing straight up front. I’m not selling you a workshop on how to find your passion. And I’m not going to exhort you to quit your job and sink your savings into that Pet Rock Costume business you’ve been aching to start.

man following dreams by starting a pet rock costume businessI have a more measured, realistic approach.

Like me, you probably have to work in order to pay the bills and feed yourself. However, what I’ve realized is that you can rethink how all that works. See article at dsborden.blogspot: “Getting off the Career Ladder.”

So, what’s the secret to following your dreams?

The secret is that there’s no secret, just choices: 

1. Surrender.

2. Come to terms with your current life and decide to find joy in it, 

3. Redirect all that energy you previously devoted to complaining, whining, and/or wasting time to make a change.

4. Do a little of both 2 and 3.

For me, I chose option 4. I started drawing and writing again. I reconfigured my day job by getting off the career ladder in favor of sanity… so, what’s worse than not becoming a vice president… becoming a vice president and surrendering your soul to the job.

You see, my first daughter, Savannah, suffered a traumatic brain injury at birth. She had multiple significant disabilities and was medically fragile. I invested much of life into caring for her. In return, she taught me a lot about myself and the world… especially depression, grief, and perseverance. She also taught me about compassion and hope. But more importantly, she taught me that most of what we think is important, isn’t. 

And, thus, starts a new chapter of my life. 

Savannah unexpectedly passed away about a year and a half ago, I spent that time mourning and re-configuring. I labelled that time the “Year of the Phoenix” (read about the journey here). After reemerging from the ashes, I founded ScribbleFire… a place for me to experiment with writing, art, and storytelling in a way that connects directly to people.  ScribbleFire is a place where anything is possible… the place for following your dreams, so to speak. Our motto is: what starts with a scribble ___ (you fill in the blank).

Download my free ebook: Real Mail (439 downloads)  on rediscovering the joys of Snail Mail letters (no registration required). Check out my newest art and writing project: Letter Stories. If you like what you see, request a free sample. If you decide to order, redeem a $3 coupon by using the Promo Code: RM3118.

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David Borden
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Austin, TX 78720

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