You’ve Got to Find What You Love

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. — Steve Jobs

 

I know that people much better than I have been posting, tweeting, and facebooking about Steve Jobs these past hours. But this quote came across my news feed today and I had to share it. Because it applies to all of us, and especially to those of us who are truly following our passions (like all my fabulous writing friends).

In his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, Steve Jobs said that “you’ve got to find what you love.” I’ve seen that principle at work in my own life. Yesterday, as I sat at my writing desk in front of the back windows, clicking on the keyboard and writing down notes, forgetting to eat until I was nauseous, glancing up from time to time to watch my dogs sunbathing on our grass weeds, I was beyond happy. I was filled with pure joy. I was doing what I love to do. We have less money right now, since I quit my day job, but no money is worth the joy and peace I’ve gained from filling my days with words, characters, storylines, and books. Steve Jobs filled his life with the things he loved. I hope he found the same peace that I have.

I hope you do too.

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8 thoughts on “You’ve Got to Find What You Love

  1. Kristin Laughtin says:

    I am so glad for you! It’s quotes like that that make me resent having so much time tied up in work/grad school, but at least I am working toward something I love, and when I have the time to write without inhibitions, it’s that much sweeter.

    • Kris Atkins says:

      You’re so, so close, I promise! When I returned home after my first residency, something really clicked. I’d been fine at my day job until then, plugging along and enjoying being good at it. But while I was at school, I stayed with my friend who was starting her first year teaching journalism and creative writing in high school and it made me so jealous! When I got home, I just find the same groove for work, and 6 weeks later I had to turn in my 2 weeks notice.
      So that was a ramble. I’m just trying to say that you’ll be there in no time. :)

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the reminder today! I always need to be reminded that we’ve been given a gift and a love for something that we are called to use. So glad you are having the chance now!

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