This is a question that has plagued my mind ever since I decided to leave the societal "right" path to walk down the road unknown and live a life that I didn't need to escape from. It also seems to be a question that my close friends and indeed my generation are struggling with.
After years of searching outside of myself, studying the journeys of hundreds of highly successful people, I came to the conclusion that there is NO right path. The career path of the majority of the successful people I studied looked more like a heartbeat displayed on an ECG machine filled with the ups and downs. There didn't seem to be one simple path that I just needed to follow to be successful.
“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future" - Steve Jobs
A few months into my travels around East Asia, riding a bike into the sunset on a rice field, I had the realization that there is nothing else that I needed to be doing. At this moment, I am doing exactly what I need to do to get to where I need to go. And where's that you may ask? I'll let you know when I get there.
In order to do this, I needed to see, trust and believe in something bigger than myself. You can call it your gut, karma, destiny, fate or whatever your word for it is. I have found through my own journey, that there is a force bigger than me that has continuously guided me, incessantly rooted for me and gently nudged me back on track when I stood still for too long.
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” - Lao Tzu
Having this realization allowed me to become more present in my day-to-day living. And the interesting thing is, when I became more present, more opportunities and more doors started to open up which I didn't see before. Why? Well, my mind was too busy thinking about what was or what could be, instead of just being.
So I ask you, wouldn't you rather have the mindset of knowing that where you are is exactly where you need to be? I can already feel my mind start to get a little restless just thinking about the alternatives.