What’s your purpose? What’s your why? Why do you do what you do?
Well, way back in 2016 when I started Lessons-in-Self, it was to create and deliver fun, inspirational and transformational Education for Life programmes that authentically support people beginning, or already on the journey of life so that they can become the person they are destined to be.
That is, until I got caught in all the noise and lost my way……like big time!
Today, I’m here to tell you it’s NEVER too late to get your shit together and be like Forrest Gump. Dina, what are you going on about? Read on to find out ……
Inspired by Forrest Gump.
If you’ve never watched the film then YOU HAVE TO. You may want to check this link here for a quick synopsis as not going into detail here, suffice to say it’s one of my favourite films and love it for its life lessons!
Forrest Gump overcame adversity and accomplished so much in his unintentional adventurous life.
Thing is, and as I see it, he never intentionally set out to achieve the things he ended up accomplishing.
You see, Forrest Gump just took action, moving towards what felt right. And while he also faced loss while on his life’s journey, he kept going never once being bitter about the chocolates life gave him.
He didn’t once say, “I’ll buy the shrimp boat because it’ll make me millions”, he bought it to keep his friend Bubba’s memory and dream alive. Whatever he did, he did by following his heart.
He took action and did the things he did because it felt right for him – and not based on what others told him he should or shouldn’t be doing. Whatever he did, he did with passion, determination, dedication, persistence, commitment and love. He gave and was rewarded because his heart was fully involved in what he was doing.
The Realisation – I was so NOT being like Forrest Gump
“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump
F?*K! – I was so NOT being like Forrest Gump. This a-ha moment came about when speaking with my lovely friend Lucie (who just also happens to be my website and brand creator and designer) who had just posted about doing what felt right for HER, for her business.
Seeing her post was reaffirming to what I’d been feeling for a long time – hence my extended hibernation period!
She felt she’d also been getting pulled in all different directions, getting drowned in the noise when all she wants, as a creative, is to follow her heart, her passion and purpose which is to design.
I want to create inspirational and transformational programmes. Because I’m at my best when I create. I’m at my best when I speak. Because I’m a naturally engaging and impactful speaker. I’m at my best when I teach. Because I love teaching.
Starting from today, I’m going to do and be more like Forrest Gump. It’s time.
Time to Forrest Gump It!
We are all on this journey called life. And, sometimes, we need help navigating it. If what I went through, and the lessons I learnt along the way helps others steer their path with some ease – then I’ll create. Today my focus may be relationships, heck, it could be burnout, tomorrow it could be self-care, mental health, how to survive a dysfunctional family etc. etc.
Yes, I accept that not everything I create will speak to everyone. But I dare myself to be just like Forrest Gump who had many adventures in life, have faith in the process and follow my heart.
Whatever I create has to be meaningful, it has to light me up, fill my heart with joy and speak to different people – women, men, gender free people, teachers, learners, to people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and professions. As long as my message resonates with you, who you are and what you do is unimportant.
Even if just ONE thing I create speaks and impacts YOU then I thank you for allowing me to be part of your life’s journey.
Like Forrest Gump, I take action and do the things I do because it feels right for me – and not based on what others are telling me I should or shouldn’t be doing. Whatever I do, I do with passion, determination, dedication, persistence, commitment and love. I give and am rewarded because my heart is fully involved in what I am doing.
That’s what I’m doing.
Question is, what are doing and how are you going to Forrest Gump It?