We are all different. What excites me might bore you. This is very much a good thing – if we all liked the same stuff, the world would very quickly become a boring place, and there’d be no-one around to have a really good argument with.
The differences between our likes and dislikes are not relevant however, at least not to the thrust of this post. What is important is for you to be able to take a step back, analyse yourself, and answer the question “What really makes me tick?”
By that, I mean what is it that you do in your life that truly makes you come alive? Brim over with passion for existence, a fervent light of enthusiasm shining forth from your eyes? Draw those around you into your effervescent zeal?
If you’re anything like me, the difference in your countenance between doing some activity to which you are indifferent, compared to something which you really thrive on, is like night and day. This may sound obvious – and indeed it is, and yet I meet so many people who have never actually stopped to consider this question, and figure out what it is they really love doing, failing to harness the positive energy from doing those activities, drifting through their meagre years on this mortal coil in an ennervated, apathetic haze.
Here is a list of things that make me tick:
- being around beautiful women
- having positive social interactions with new people
- heavy, physical exercise
- finding a new field of interest, and ravenously devouring all subject material on it that I can find
- being around peers who challenge me in some way to improve myself
Having spent the time to reflect and identifiy these activities as things I love doing, I seek them out wherever possible, and my life is enriched because of them. If I find myself in a malaise or suffering from ennui, I can guarantee that I have not partaken of any one of the above for several days.
Take time to stop and reflect on who you are and what you love doing. Try and write down 5 activities that make you tick, and then seek them out and do them as much as possible.