"When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else." - Joseph Campbell
This is one of my new very favorite quotes. Ray has sent me a few really awesome articles on running and training by John Kellogg, and the above quote was included in one of them. I love it
Bliss = perfect happiness/great joy.
Obviously Josh, our kids, my faith, our families, and my closest friends bring me bliss, (ok, and peanut butter!) :) and are the most important parts of my life and my heart.
But to me, this quote is talking about your own personal bliss. The part that isn't based on anyone else, but comes from within. It is a bliss that you find inside yourself... something that excites you, something that pushes and stretches you to be better, something that lights a fire within you, something that makes you feel alive... something that is your own personal passion.
I believe that we were all born with our own unique God-given passions, talents, and "bliss". For some people it is music, or art, or baking, or football, or dancing, or soccer, or sewing, or gymnastics, or swimming, or painting, or computers, or writing, or so many other possibilities. For me it is running. I also believe that we are supposed to pursue our gifts and talents. I believe we need to make the most of them, work hard to cultivate them, and use them for our own good and for the good of others.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman
It is absolutely true that since I started running and coaching, that doors have opened for me where I never would have thought there would be doors. I have met people and had many opportunities and experiences that I never could have even imagined. It is sad to think of all that I would have missed out on if I had never started to run or to pursue it the way that I have. Running definitely helped me to come alive, and to become a better version of me.
It is a beautiful idea - Follow your bliss, and find those doors that are ready to open only for you.