Thursday – Good Things: Leading a Double Life

Are you leading a double life?

I suppose in a sense I am, and I would like to be doing it even more.

Confused yet?

No. I am not secretly Batgirl (but hey Christopher Nolan I am free if you need me…)

Yesterday I came across an article on the Whole Living Daily blog that discusses living your dreams at the same time as playing along with the reality of your situation.

In other words taking something you are passionate about, and expressing it while also paying the bills and taking care of the necessities of life. Like an actress who works as a waitress while waiting for her big break, or a talented designer who does a 9-5 retail job, or a wannabe cookbook author/publisher who works in health research.

All of us have a driving passion, a big dream for life, that we long to pursue. Some of us are lucky enough to be passionate about our work, and I certainly have a degree of passion for my job, but sometimes it feels a little stifling, like I am not truly living the whole picture of what I would love my life to be.

In this article Robin Fisher Roffer talks about asking yourself what it is you truly want out of life, what are your dreams, and then daring to make them come true. Even if that means working a 9-5 and saving your outside time to paint, record music, bake, design furniture, coach football, or whatever your true passion is. When you sit with the big question (well, one of them at least) of what you truly want, what you really need out of your life, it is daunting. When you come to the end, what will make you able to say that you really lived your life, rather than just existed in those days?

Not all of us can throw in our jobs, walk away, and start over doing what we really want. What we can do is start small. Do something, anything, that feeds that hunger for something more: take university courses at night, make furniture in your garden shed, crochet designer berets and sell them on etsy, volunteer to help coach high school football teams on the weekend – whatever you have to do in order to fill that hole –  just make it happen.

In my world that means being a part time health researcher, a part time student, a part time baker, writer, and blogger, and always searching for the next step towards making the bigger picture come to light. The trick is to make every day worth it. Even if you have an eight hour day at work, a three hour course at night, and a two hour commute. Find some time to write, or make a nice meal, or connect with other bloggers. Although it isn’t my ideal long term picture, for now at least I am feeding my soul and working at loving my life every day, while finding a way to making my bigger dreams happen.

So dear reader, what is your true passion? Do you live a double life, or how do you feed your soul while putting food on the table?

Thursday Good Things

Brisbane in winter. The fickle lion who at once will roar with might, and then mew like a kitten.

This week has seen stormy nights and days with skies of brightest blue.

Autumn leaves on a tree

The cold stays though, lighter during the day when sunny patches can be sought, then heavier at night when the only thing to do is snuggle under the patchwork quilt my Mama made me with a cup of tea and a book. So then, in the spirit of a fickle winter, as I am on occasion a fickle woman ruled by the weather, I present to you my list of good things this Thursday.

This is an issue that divides many people, in many countries, but for my opinion, I believe in marriage equality. The right for any of us to declare to society that we love someone, and we commit to them, in the most binding of ways. GetUp Australia has released a beautiful video about marriage laws in Australia.

Now, for the lighter side of the list. I am currently on holidays and scrambling to catch up on some much-neglected reading. I am a true lover of cosy mysteries so you can bet there are a few of those on my shelf to be enjoyed in the spirit of all things Marple. One series that has recently caught my fancy is the ‘Cupcake Bakery Mysteries’ by Jenn McKinlay. I read the first in the series (Sprinkle with Murder) while I was writing my assignments and I was instantly enchanted and had to order the whole series. Immediately. Others on my reading list include novels by John Connolly, which promise to be darkly gothic and ghostly – perfect for winter reading; ‘The Marriage Plot‘ by Jeffrey Eugenides – recommended to me by my lovely friend Jenny; and, continuing my Geraldine Brooks obsession (I just finished ‘People of the Book’ not twenty minutes ago), ‘Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague‘.

To balance out all that snuggling under my quilt, I will be keeping up my training for the Southern Cross University 10km run. This race is part of the Gold Coast Marathon festival, where I completed the half marathon last year, this year Jess and I will be up early and doing the 10km race while Mum and Dad do the 5.7km walk. Nothing like team spirit! Especially at 5.30am in the middle of winter….

Oh, and one last really good thing for the list, because I really never can have too many red sequins in my closet….(check these out)

Thursday – Good Things

When I was an undergraduate health student I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete an internship in our local children’s hospital’s oncology ward.

There are no words in my vocabulary that would ever do justice to the courage, hope and sheer strength of the human spirit that I witnessed during those weeks. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember the people I met: tireless doctors and nurses, parents who were faced with fighting for their kids against something over which they had no control, and the kids themselves who were the true meaning of grace. They all stood together against cancer. Determined to defeat it.

I was blessed to be able to be part of that, for even a short amount of time.

Today an article about 22 year old Chris Rumble captured my attention while I was watching the news. This young man has taken Kelly Clarkson’s song ‘Stronger’, and made it a battle cry for his fellow patients at Seattle Children’s hospital. Please watch this video. Remember that whatever we are going through, there is always someone out there walking a road that we  fear to tread.

These kids are heroes.