There’s no shortage of talent and drive in the world. Given enough time and resources, any determined individual can do just about anything.
Bad dancer? Enough lessons and you’ll be passable. Bad singer? Auto-tune, BAM.
So the question becomes, when you have limited time and limited resources, what can you do with what you have? What do you even want to do?
Because we only get so many time: both in the form of hours in a day and years in a life.
Can you think of something you want to dedicate those hours and years to?
Some people are lucky and they’ve already figured it out. But for the unlucky who can’t see it yet, there’s even more bad news: whether you want to or not, you’re already committed to something.
Whether it’s being awesome at your job and bad at cooking, or bad at both in favor of TV. You’ve pooled your resources to get done whatever’s at the top of your list, even if the top of the list is “I’m not sure yet.”
You don’t have to quit your job and go on a pilgrimage to India a la Eat Love Pray to figure out what lights your fire. You just have to invest what little time and resources you have into seeking it out. And who knows, maybe that itself will be your thing?
Here are a few ideas for jump-starting your “I’m not sure” attitude into something that will help you pack each year with value and meaning:
- Try a new (random) hobby and think of what you like about it. Write it down, if you’re so inclined.
- Think of something you enjoyed as a child and try it again now. Make a list and go through it.
- Try something a friend of yours is good at to see if you like it. Bonus points for involving them in the process and deepening your relationship.
- Try something creative (perhaps instead of watching TV) like drawing, writing, painting, singing or stretching. Do just that thing for a half hour.