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Living your best life doesn’t always mean traveling a linear path. Sometimes you need to shake things up along the way, throw the plan out the window and go in search of what truly makes you happy. What does it mean to find your fit — to discover a sense of purpose and chase down the dreams that mean the most to you?
It’s about passion. It’s about truth. And most of all, it’s about listening to your gut.
Here are five things to keep in mind when reinventing your own life.
1. If you lack inspiration, shift your scenery
When Kuro Tawil graduated, he didn’t know what to do with his life. So he bought a one-way ticket to Pakistan with the hopes that a change of scenery would help him find his way. While there, he discovered a passion he never knew he had.
Changing your scenery doesn’t have to mean traveling halfway around the world. It could also be as simple as changing cities, taking a new route to work, or exploring a part of town you don’t usually go to. Inspiration will hit when you break up your routine.
2. Pay attention to what moves you
What moves you could be as simple as being around animals, or growing plants, or as big as helping children in need. While traveling to Pakistan, Kuro was struck by stories of women who had limited ways to protect themselves against assault. Hearing the stories — and retelling the moment when it all hit him – reminded him of his mission and why he wanted to make a difference. Kuro was moved by the thought that there were people in need — people whom he could help. That’s when the idea for his start-up was born. By sending pepper spray to developing countries, Kuro and his team are helping to empower women to fight back. Watch Kuro’s story.
3. What you do in your free time is what you should do all the time
Your hobbies can tell you a lot about what really makes you happy. Whether it’s knitting, hiking or playing basketball, pay attention to the ways in which you choose to spend your free time, for it’s here that you could find your true source of happiness.
4. Get ready to pivot when things don’t quite work
Change can be scary, especially when you thought you had it all figured out. But change is also a kind of constant — something we can depend on always being there throughout life. Stay flexible as you discover what you want from life. Often, the plan will change. It’s important that you change with it.
5. When opportunity knocks, hustle to answer the door
No one is going to hand you your dream like a gift, all wrapped up in a bow. Rarely is it that easy. Whether you’re shifting gears to go after something new or doggedly chasing down the career you’ve always dreamed of, it’s going to take grit, grind and a decent amount of hard work.
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