Follow the Fun
When I left the corporate world a while back, I was both exhilarated and scared. I was exhilarated because I knew that I had the chance to blaze any trail I wished and that the world was my oyster. I was scared because I knew that I could no longer blame “The Company” for any misery I felt in my job. Granted, I had stopped blaming “The Company” years before, but the concept of taking 100% responsibility for myself suddenly took on a whole new meaning.
I mean, I had depended on getting a steady paycheck for most of my adult life, and suddenly I was making a conscious decision to leave a guaranteed source of income behind to pursue multiple dreams.
Had I lost my mind? I thought that those closest to me would flip out and tell me that yes, I was crazy. What I got instead was their full, loving support. My family will readily tell you that they were even more nervous than I was, but they also knew that I wasn’t going to be deflected anymore. I had spent decades getting discouraged and “playing it safe,” and they could see the emotional toll the denial of my dreams was taking on me. The real irony was that my family had always supported me and my sometimes wild ideas. It wasn’t until I left my last corporate job that I realized that nobody was holding me back but me. Yes, my family had given me well-meaning suggestions that were rooted in their own fears – fears that I took on and made my own – but ultimately, I was the one who decided what paths to take.
Fortunately, I’m able to look back and say that everything I experienced, every decision I made prepared me for what I’m doing now. I spent the first 40+ years of my life getting ready to live my life, and now I’m having the time of my life. I promised myself that I would do work that I found creative, fun, and exiting, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’m doing things never imagined I would do, I’m learning new skills, and I’m discovering new things about myself. I making new friends at home and around the world, and I’m touching lives in ways I never could have done before.
Am I making the money I would like to make? No, but I’m not starving either… and I’m okay with that because I know that every step I take adds to the abundance I DO enjoy. I appreciate my journey and all of the opportunities that disguise themselves as challenges. Best of all, I’m having fun. I’ve been on a lot of roller coasters in my life, but the one I’m on now is by far the most thrilling ride I’ve taken. That’s because every day is filled with ups, downs, barrel rolls, loops, twists and turns that make my heart pound and put my stomach in my throat. And frankly, I love it.
I’ve heard many people say that once they started following their dreams they never worked another day in their lives. I appreciated the sentiment intellectually, but it wasn’t until I started pursuing my own dreams that I really understood what they meant. I’ve always managed to have fun no matter where I was or what job I had, but actually following the fun and making a living by doing whatever appealed to me is a feeling that transcends words. That’s because by doing what I want to do, I’m putting myself in a better position to serve others and to share my natural talents and passions in a way that has the greatest impact.
An important lesson I’ve learned through this whole experience is that it isn’t necessary to leave the corporate world to follow the fun. Many of my friends continue to work for large companies and they have happy, successful careers. Their bliss came by aligning their thoughts and beliefs with their dreams, and when they did that they found jobs that allowed them to do exactly what they wanted, and to make contributions in ways they could not have done on their own. My point is that it isn’t necessary to strike off on one’s own to follow the fun. We can find the fun and follow it anywhere, and in any situation. The path I chose just happened to align best with me and my personality.
While I teach many things that allow us to live a happy, passionate life, there is no secret to claiming that life, my friends. Living a life filled with passion, joy, and fun can literally be as simple as choosing thoughts that feel good, practicing those thoughts every day, and then following the fun. And you know what, I’m glad it took me 46 years to figure that out – because the next 46 are going to be a blast.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He uses his seminars and workshops to facilitate conversations about authenticity, alignment, and the daily experience of community, connection, and joy. Appio is also a weekly columnist with The Good Men Project and co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.