Saturday, October 19, 2013

Follow Your Bliss

I'm not much of a philosopher, but I came across this statement by Joseph Campbell:
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
The concept, as I understand it, is that we can know our true and proper path in life if we follow what brings us bliss or rapture.

A seventies philosophy, if ever there was one!

But I think most career coaches offer similar advice: strive to do something that touches your passion. So I was thinking about this today, as I woke up from a four-hour nap. I thought: if I followed my bliss, it would probably have something to do with reading, babies, and sleeping. [I readily acknowledge that babies and sleeping are incompatible.]

If I were a cat, I could come close, except for the reading. But I think that would be a pretty good trade off.

I could always volunteer for sleep-related studies, but I'm not convinced that it would pay well or allow me to sleep whenever the heck I feel like it.

Retirement and grandparenthood are probably the closest I'll come in this lifetime. I'm looking forward to that.


  1. I too would rock a job that required naps, reading, lounging, and cuddling with either babies or puppies. No one will pay me for that though. Jerks. Instead, I will have blips of bliss until I can afford to nap full time.

    1. "Blips of bliss" -- I like that. Gonna start using it. "Sorry, I have to leave now for my blips of bliss session. You wouldn't understand."


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