Many humans in America have evolved to a place where we have the opportunity to self-actualize, as Maslow put it. We have met our basic physical survival needs and our souls now need tending.
This is quite an accomplishment and I want to acknowledge where we come from and say thank you to our ancestors for forging the way and creating a world where we have this most fortunate opportunity.
We are blessed to have the opportunity to pursue our passions. We are able to thrive because we are not having to merely survive.
Our parents and our ancestors lived for survival. Whether they were surviving wars or poverty, surviving was the core driver of their world.
Surviving meant you do whatever it takes to get to the next day. Work the dangerous, meaningless, or crappy job to put food on the table and a roof over your family’s head.
How you felt about your job was inconsequential. There was no room for feelings. Feelings didn’t fit in the world of survival.
We are now looking around and asking, “what is going on here? I have to work 40+ hours a week at a job to pay my student loans and rent, etc. I had better be enjoying those 40+ hours, that is the majority of my life.”
Enter the Millenial, the empath and the lightworker, we have some work to do to find out how to live from this new empowered place where we are doing work that is aligned with our soul.
There is some unlearning to do, peel back the beliefs that come from survival thinking. You know the ones; my value is from the amount money I earn, my value is from how productive I am, my value is from my contribution to family and tribe in money and productive work.
Our value is inherent in our just being alive in this world as a child of the Universe. It isn’t an accident we are alive and that our social, political, and economic structures are in such upheaval.
Listen to your inner voice. Know your value. Find the work that makes you come alive.