Leather Wisdom

by Alyssa Smith May. 06, 2017 1520 views

Tonight I met a man named Adrian. He taught me. Adrian quit his 'successful' job making coffee pots and decided to follow his passion; he takes leather scraps that his friend discards from his belt shop and proudly fashions them into simple bracelets with little charms. He couldn't be happier. Adrian says he is living his life with no regrets. He lives every day authentically. Some of us are so wrapped up in the world; we overthink and stress and worry ourselves to death. Some of us get so fixated on things we think we want that we lose all happiness trying to get it. I feel like there are times when we think very linearly, A+B=C and that is the only way to do things, like there is a set equation or formula to achieve success. There is something so freeing about finding your passion and simply doing it. No equations. It might be harder for some of us than others but I think we need to find what we want to do (which for some of us is the hardest part) and just do it. That's it. For me I've decided to travel. Not just this trip but for the foreseeable future. Yesterday I was caught up in trying to figure out how I'm going to do it, how am I going to support myself, what jobs can I do, will I hate those jobs, am I good enough for those jobs etc. Right now, I am at peace. I'm here in Romania. I'm learning and growing and becoming myself. I'm more me than I've ever been in my life and right now that is enough. The future is in the future. I know what I want to do. The rest will work itself out. Life is far simpler than we make it out to be. We fill it with 'but first I need to...' and 'if this doesn't work then...' Our society loves 'buts' and ' if...then...' statements. I found an answer; here it is. 'I want to so I will'. It may not be the way I planned or even the first or second try. But 'I want to travel, so I am'. I want to find myself so I am. That isn't to say that simple is the same thing as easy. But it's definitely not as complicated as we all try to make. I feel like we all get caught up in the need to show other people that we succeeded at our dreams. We act as though other peoples opinions on our lives are the only things that matter. It's cliché, but it's my life. Not anybody else's; I'm learning to live it for me, not for them. What do I want to do? Do the people around me approve? Doesn't matter. I do what I want to do. In whatever way I want to do it. My life is all about me. If something isn't making you happy, stop doing it, figure out what makes you happy and do that instead. Get out of the rat race of competition and trying to be the best and showing people how much you're worth. You don't to prove anything to anybody else except yourself, even though it doesn't feel like that. You're worth is intrinsic to you. By the fact that you are breathing, your heart is beating, that makes you worthy of happiness. Doesn't matter who you are or what you've done, I firmly believe you deserve happiness. You don't need to prove anything, you're already incredible. That's all there is to it. All you need to do, is be happy; figure out what you want makes you happy and do that. It really is that simple. Just do it. Want to travel? Do it. I quit school and my job to travel. Money matters. But not as much as people think it does, to be happy I think you really only need enough money to provide you with food and shelter, just the basics, everything after that is superfluous. Being successful in my opinion is not how much money you have or how high you are on a corporate ladder or how well you set up your career. We live in a world where the idea of success is based on very external values, where it's how well you have followed your dream, if your dream is worth following, how much money you're making, and that makes it complicated because you're trying to follow everybody else's ideas of success; you're trying to follow an impossible ideal, and trying to do it in the very linear way of 'everybody else has done it this way before me so I have to do it this way too', but the truth is...you don't. You don't have to do it anyway except your own way. The the original formula for a lot of people is graduate high school go to college figure out what you want to do major in that start a career follow that career path and depending on how good you are at that career and how much money you make a career determines how successful you are. I decided not to do that. It took me a while to get my head out of A then B then C thinking. I came up with the idea to go traveling to take five months and go and see the world then go back and settle down, maybe go to school. Now my mind is opening up to other possibilities other ways of living, of traveling on the road making money in unusual ways, and just being me living in the moment not worrying about anybody else just myself and my happiness.  Just me doing what I want to do and I don't have to do it in the way others have done it before me. I don't have to be anything that I don't want to be. I can just be me and that's all that I need to be and that is really really powerful. I've never been more free in my life. 

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