Most epic stories or adventures begin with a dramatic life change. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, decided to go on an incredible journey to Italy, India, and Indonesia after a devastating break up. Elliot’s life was completely turned upside down when E.T. arrived. Queen Elizabeth I took the throne as England’s first sole female monarch after the death of her father and a series of unprecedented events. Whether real or fictional, all these stories have one thing in common: a choice.
Gilbert could have stayed in New York, continued her job, and found a new relationship. Elliot could have freaked out and turned his back on E.T. Queen Elizabeth I could have listened to everyone around her and married. But they didn’t. Each one made a choice to move forward and do what he/she felt was right, even when it was questioned.
In August, I took on one of my boldest Life Experiments yet—Rejection Therapy. The rules were simple: for one month I had to get rejected at least once every day. I chose this experiment because I needed an impetuous. We all have points in life where we feel stagnant, and I hoped that asking for what I really wanted would set my dreams in motion. Best case scenario: I took one step closer towards making my dreams a reality. Worst case: I received a “no” and I got my rejection for the day. (To read more about my rejection escapades, read about week 1 & 2). Rejection Therapy reminded me that anything is possible and that we never know until we ask.
Shortly after my experiment ended, I got a call letting me know that our entire department was being laid off. For many, losing one’s job or being broken up with are the two ultimate ‘rejections’ in life. I now have experienced both, and although I admit there was a twinge of shame and despair, I choose to see it differently.
I choose to see it as being “let go.” In the midst of being ‘rejected’ it’s easy to feel powerless. It took me months to move on after a devastating breakup from the man I thought was “the one.” I now view it as one of the best gifts of my life. He did me a service in letting me go and gave me an opportunity to be and do more than I ever imagined possible.
The same goes with the job. I’m grateful to the company I worked for and for all the opportunities they gave me. I choose to take this as a sign from the universe that it’s time for me to follow my biggest dreams and to be who I really am.
Since I was 9-years-old, writing has been my first love and deepest passion. I love to explore, travel, and hear people’s stories and perspectives. Like Gilbert, Elliot, and Queen Elizabeth I, I choose to take this life change as an opportunity.
An opportunity to go full time with the blog, to write, and to begin a round-the-world adventure to see parts of the globe I’ve dreamed about, to sail, hike, ice climb, bike, horseback ride, and surf my way through Central & South America, Africa, and the Himalayas. I leave San Francisco next week to spend some time at home before setting off. The journey is a work in progress, but I’ve learned that the best adventures begin with choice.
Stay tuned as the adventure unfolds…