Joseph Campbell popularised the phrase “follow your bliss” and we see its ‘thousand faces’ in the many sayings we hear today – “follow your passion” “do what you love” “find your purpose”.
Now thats all fine and dandy but, for most, following this advice proves difficult when it comes to it. Now of course a nuts-and-bolts detailed instruction manual to following your bliss may never appear – and perhaps shouldn’t – but now and then it’s reinvigorating to hear some practical ways of applying this wisdom.
And with that, I leave you in the capable hands of Neil Gibb at the Huffington Post:
1. Get with a group of people you have an affinity with – the flipside of which is: stop working with assholes
2. Make sure you up to something
3. Work on becoming really good at something
And he leaves us with my personal favourite line of the article:
The novelist William Gibson said: “Before you diagnose yourself with depression first make sure you are not surrounded by assholes.”
Take a look around at your life: are you working really hard at journalling etc. to try and discover your passion yet flanked on all sides by an uninspiring environment and miserable friends?
A flower can’t flourish in a shopping mall, and neither can a man follow his bliss when lazing about at his parents house with the same depressed high school friends. My thoughts anyway.