Notice how the title is not do what makes others happy? This is because despite what you may think you cannot control how others feel about any given thing. genuine happiness generally comes from within so you should be focusing on doing the things that make you happy. Note that the things that bring you happiness also may change as you grow and develop as a person. You also may be thinking that this sounds a little selfish, but taking care of your own needs is an important thing we should all be doing.
Nothing is less satisfying than doing something to meet someone else’s expectations or standards of you. As Someone who tried to meet someone’s expectations of me for many years nothing feels better than just doing things to reach my goals and make myself happy. This was another way having half my body paralyzed positively benefited my life. I had to change my focus from making everyone else happy to focusing on my needs. I do not doubt that if it had not happened I would still not be a priority in my own life.
No matter the medium throughout my entire life art has always been one of those things that centers me and brings me to my happy place. That being said art has been my biggest focus during my latest writing hiatus. Whether it’s drawing, or something else It’s one of those versatile things that I can also use to retrain my affected hand. It is nice to be able to hit two birds with one stone yet again. Side note: I’m sorry I have been absent as of late I haven’t been able to make the words work so I’m taking a break.
Each and every one of us changes at different points in life and so do our goals. I see this as a positive thing as we all grow as people. Recently even a lot of mine have changed as I no longer see any point in limiting myself or my life goals. Whether they are personal goals or life goals some of them can be circumstantial as we do need to modify them as times change. There’s no point in resenting the path your on, but instead just work with it until you can change it.
When I say that goals can be circumstantial I mean sometimes life gets in the way and our goals change. For example before my stroke my goals were way bigger and not limited by mobility issues like after the stroke. When life happens one needs to be able to roll with the punches. Now that I’m near the end of my recovery process my goals are a strange mix of the before and the after. It’s weird and wonderful the mix of studio goals and office goals. It’ll definitely lead to some difficult decisions in a couple of years when I go back to school.
If you have a dream go and chase it because even if it doesn’t work out. There’s nothing more you will regret on your death-bed then not pursuing your dreams. Yes I know this sounds a little morbid, but after spending time with some older people just around retirement age they all say the same thing. They wish they had pursued their dreams and not ended up in the careers that they are in. We can take control of where life takes us we just need to take the right steps. So get out there and hone those talents and chase those dreams.