Last month I went to a youth conference and this question was posed during one of the sessions:
What 5 things would you do if you had unlimited time and unlimited money?
It was a question to help us dream bigger. At the end of the session we were given a pencil, a piece of paper, and some time to dream and write down 5 things.
Normally, I’d have trouble narrowing my list to 5 things, but I struggled to come up with a single thing. A week later and I was still looking at a blank piece of paper.
Looking for inspiration, I posted the question on Facebook. One person replied by giving me this advice: If you had no inner voices whispering you could or should not….what would be possible?
It took me another two weeks to quieten the inner (and outer) voices because they weren’t whispering but shouting that I wasn’t allowed to want what I wanted.
Then finally I heard this come up from inside me: I would study every course I want to learn about.
I realized, if I’m going to embrace myself, I need to embrace the fact that I love to learn and not be ashamed to tell people.
Now that the voices were quiet and I was embracing myself, my list came out easily:
- I would study every course I want to learn about.
- I would travel to every place I want to go.
- I would create everything I want to create.
- I would support every charity and cause I believe in.
- I would help people tick off the things on their lists.
So I guess the next questions I need to ask are:
- What do I want to learn about?
- Where do I want to go?
- What do I want to create?
- What do I believe in?
- How can I help people?