I recently attended the BlogHer conference in New York City. There were highs, there were lows, but most of all (for me) there was inspiration to be found. Besides connecting with truly amazing people and the conversations that ensued, the piece that had the most impact was taking the extra time to come together with like-minded bloggers and seek where my path lies. I began BlogHer with my conference highlight: Pathfinder Day.
Let’s play a little game of “what if.” What if you woke up tomorrow and one or more of the following were true?
- You knew it was your last day on earth.
- You had no responsibilities or obligations to anyone or anything.
- There were no other people on earth (but in a happy way).
What would your day look like? What would you still do, what would you let go? What are your aspirations?
I think this is an important exercise for anyone, particularly for those invested in social change. It can be all too easy to get burned out and lose the reasons why you began your journey to begin with. When the path becomes more about others, we lose a lot of ourselves.
So, if those others are taken out of the equation what is left?
I expect many of us would say the same things. The truth of the matter is the problems we seek to change aren’t going to go away any time soon, but the point is that we can’t sacrifice all who we are to make progress. It won’t be effective and won’t lead to the long-term work needed to create real change in climate change, human rights, maternal health, and other environmental and social justice issues.
I don’t have answers, I only have more questions. Perhaps ironically, this blogging conference taught me that blogging is not everything. Doing something with passion means more. Spending time wisely means more. Taking time to realize what you want out of life for yourself, your family, your planet means more every time.
What is your path? Are the meanderings of any journey worth more than staying the straight and narrow?