I just finished reading "The Alchemist" and it was inspiring. I highly recommend it. The story is all about personal transformation and having the courage to realize our dreams. I like the idea that we come into this world with an imprint of what we would like to accomplish, as if our interests and tastes from there on out are clues to the larger puzzle.
My only gripe about the book was the emphasis on finding yourself rather than on creating yourself (I think it's a combination of both) and the insinuation that journeys are best done through extraversion as opposed to introversion (but Dorothy and Alice!) Naturally, I guess, since I'm an introverted planner and I value imagination highly.
Personally, writing has been a constant in my life. My mom told me a story last night about how I used to make picture books for my friends and family when I was about three. Apparently I'd frantically draw and then throw the pages over my shoulder as I went, like I couldn't get my thoughts out fast enough. She said I'd then go back and collect and order them carefully, remembering how they all fit together. It's funny how your three year old self can serve as an inspirational character in your future :) I was also transfixed with the story of Snow White at that age. Recently I found a great piece about how Jung was interested in the fairy tale as a metaphor for the female individuation process. I've been really into Jung and the individuation process over the past few years, so maybe there is something to this idea that we intuitively have a sense of purpose very young that we have to later realize?
I thought that it would be fun to ask my fellow NF's about their dreams and goals - although anyone feel free to jump in!
1.) Is there something that you've always wanted to do or have been interested in? Broadly, specifically, a journey, creation, vocation, etc?
2.) How did this show up in your childhood?
3.) Has anything/one served as an impetus in helping you to get started? Blessings in disguise, synchronicity, motivation, bizarre occurrences, revelations, etc?
4.) What steps have you taken along your path?
"He still had some doubts about the decision he had made. But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision." - Paulo Coelho, "The Alchemist"
5.) Doubts. Nagging, pesky doubts. Do you have them?
"We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?"