Morgan Freeman once said, “Follow your muse. Always.”
This quote has permeated my being in ways I didn’t think possible. Its a constant reminder for me to follow my muse, which I think is just a fancy word for curiosity or inspiration. When I follow my muse its like a nod to my soul that I’m taking it seriously.
I’m going to tell you a story about myself.
A few years ago, I saw a youtube video about Christian the Lion. Something stirred in me and after viewing it, I got on Amazon and ordered the extended story of Christian the Lion by John Rendall and Anthony Bourke – a book detailing how his extraordinary life came about. I flew through the pages and finished it with a feeling of dissatisfaction. I wanted to know more. More about lions, more about wildlife, more about Africa. I felt like I was intellectually salivating over this subject matter. I eagerly got on Amazon again and ordered another book about lions called Born Wild by John Fitzjohn. I flew through it too and had the same feeling on the last page of the book that I had when I finished Christian the Lion. I still wanted to know more. More, more, more! But another part of me felt guilty for spending so much time reading about lions. Was I wasting time? What did lions have to do with my life? How would learning about lions further my career, my relationships, my development, etc.? I was struggling trying to reconcile my simple desire to learn more about lions with this idea in my head that lions had no applicable lesson to my life and that I was wasting precious time.
I took a step back and thought about my personal conundrum further.
I noticed that my mind came alive as I was reading. I was thinking outside the box. I was daydreaming about African safaris and coming face to face with one of these magnificent creatures. I started looking at things differently. I started cultivating my desire for adventure instead of trying to quell it. And what happened was extraordinary. My mind woke up. My heart woke up. My soul woke up. And reading books about lions cracked the dam…
Following my muse lit me up. It got me excited. It made me feel alive during a really tough time where I spent most of my days at a soul crushing job while my husband was deployed for the second time. So what if my muse wasn’t an obvious choice for furthering my career or my goals or whatever… it made me happy. And when you are happy, you are a better you. And when you are a better you, you are better for everyone.
To me, following your muse is a way to make the world a better place. Does that sound crazy? Its not. When you are taking care of you, you will show up for others in ways you didn’t even know were possible. It happened for me. I felt like a better, more engaged sister (my brother was living with me at the time), and I loved sharing what I was learning with my husband over Skype. After feeling so depleted by the world around me, somehow reading about lions made me feel excited again.
This spark lit a flame in me and it proved that following my muse, whether big or small, contributed hugely to my happiness. And that happiness was/is/and will be what I use to fuel my life. It makes the tough tasks easier, and the fun stuff even more fun.
I’m still fascinated by lions (If you’re interested I have many more book recommendations). I’m also fascinated by elephants, chimpanzees, the fair treatment of animals, spirituality, world religions, India, music composition, business, finance, home mortgages, social media marketing, graphic design, writing, painting, decorating… you get the idea… Following one muse leads to another which leads to another which leads to another and before you know it your heart starts beating faster and your mind awakens and your soul is uplifted and you get so excited about life you feel like your head is going to pop off (well maybe the last part is unique to me… LOL). For me, it started with a short youtube video. For you, it could be anything. Just open your heart and mind to following your muse, your curiosity, whatever it is that inspires you…
I wish you happy muse following. You are worth it.
Remember, you are amazing.
You are unique.
You are one of a kind.
Only you can do what you do the way that you do it.
So go and do it.
I know you can.