The Message Project: March To Your Own Beat
How appropriate that I write this message so very dangerously close to my 40th birthday! I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about life and love and death actually (but not in a creepy morbid way) over the past year. I guess you do that when you approach a milestone, don’t you? I want a life well lived and well examined.
I think a lot about hopes and fears and dreams and what we really need and want out of life. I observe other people and I have formulated an idea of the best version of myself – I’m working hard on that. I hope that my kids (and their kids) might glean some diamonds from my “wisdom”.
It’s pretty basic really. It’s totally cliché but it’s true. March to the beat of your own drum. The very best people do exactly that. I don’t mean this in the sense that you should do as you please without consideration of others. I just mean that you should be true to your heart and your mind and go where the wind blows you without worrying what other people will think. In my infinite and ageing wisdom I have chosen to surround myself with people who have a clear idea of their path in life. They are following their hearts and marching merrily along to the beat of their very own drums. Living well, living honestly and living with all their hearts. I call these people the “shapers”. They have become part of me. I carry images of them in my head and I carry their words in my heart. It’s good stuff!
One of these “shapers” said something to me recently which is at the forefront of my mind at the moment. He said “life is one long cliché.” I was a little alarmed by this at the time. I mean … aren’t we all unique? Don’t we want and need different things out of life? I thought about it more and more and more. Actually, I allowed his words to roll around for about a week and figured that fundamentally we want the same things.
… to be happy
… to be loved
… to be ourselves
… to be comfortable in our skins
In order to have this life I believe you need to live it! You need to be a “shaper” for others. To give as much (or more) than you take.
So here I am, not yet there but working hard at living well, marching to the beat of my own drum and being supported by the “shapers”.
This post is part of Mount Franklin’s #themessageproject, celebrating the work of the McGrath Foundation.
Kirsty Macafee blogs at Kootoyoo. Kirsty’s blog is full of beautiful photos and sweet musings on life. She’s amazingly crafty, completely clever and apart from being scarily inventive, she’s an all round rad chick