I have always followed my curiosity. I was never the little girl who was born knowing without a doubt what she wanted to do when she grew up. I was into a lot of different things when I was at school. I loved sport, music and reading. None of those things I particularly excelled at and none of them where interests in which I thought would become my career. I simply liked and tried things. This has become the story of my whole life! Like it, try it.
My mum always said to me, ‘You don’t have to know what you want to do with yourself, but just do something’. Wise words mother. I have always been a doer, I can’t sit still. What I did know was I wanted to make a difference in the world for the better, I really liked people, and I really liked clothes! What the heck do you do with passions like those?!
Without really having an understanding or a knowing, I followed whatever made me curious in life. I have always worked really hard, kept active and given my all to whatever I was doing at the time. Lucky for me, I most definitely found my way through life and have been given the most incredible opportunities.
Take some advice from some really amazing humans; Lisa Messenger says to ask yourself ‘What is my why?’ and the brilliant Elizabeth Gilbert author of ‘Eat Pray Love’ says ‘The quest of life begins with a question. What have I come here to do with my life? If you have asked yourself that question, you have begun the quest of life.’ So simple, yet so complicated. It takes time to figure out what your purpose is, but as long as you are asking the question, then you have begun your journey and that is the main thing.
If you are someone who doesn’t have a strong passion for something or feels like there isn’t any one thing you have been ‘destined’ to do, take heed, don’t panic and take the pressure off yourself. You will be ok! You can still do something impactful that means something. Even if you don’t find your purpose right away, keep trying until what you are doing gives you a spring in your step and puts a smile on your face. You don’t have to invent the next big thing or have the most followers on social to know that what you do and who you are is worthy and enough. If you feel like you have failed – great! Get up and try again or, try the next thing. Failure is learning, learning is knowledge and knowledge is power.
I recently listed to a podcast where Lewis Howes interviews Elizabeth Gilbert on her thoughts on following your curiosity. What she shares is so inspiring and wise. If you want to have a listen, here is the link.
Now, go forth and follow what makes you curious. Try and learn new things. Have adventures and don’t give up!
D R E S S / Scanlan Theodore (an oldie but a goodie!)
S H O E S / Tony Bianco
P H O T O G R A P H Y / Gemma Pranita