We all get to a point where we keep doing what we are doing, largely because it is what we have been doing (insanity!). It’s habit, it’s ritual, it’s even escapism because it feels easy and safe. Then comes your moment of reckoning — is this what you envisioned? Are you truly creating art, or just adding to the noise on the internet? Are you using your gifts and uniqueness, or suppressing them to conform to a perceived standard?
Once you have asked these questions, there is no going back. You can try, but it will remain in the back of your mind creating discontent until you reach the point where you give in to what is scary, but right. Here’s what I’ve been wrestling with recently:
I’ve written about 50 posts on here, and I realized that it has largely been an exercise in futility. Why?
I was writing about what I thought people wanted to hear, or needed to hear. I would share information, but not stories. I would share my knowledge, but not myself. This led to increasing amounts of creative frustration that finally boiled over into my consciousness. I simply couldn’t take it anymore, and change became inevitable.
Where do I go from here? / What happens next?
The tone of this blog is going to change. I will be writing more creatively about life, love, adventure, and achieving your potential. I’m going to be more transparent and authentic, sharing my challenges with you so we can grow together. You will still see health posts on here (it will now be it’s own category), but they will be a part of a larger vision of purposeful living and growth mixed with cultural mediums such as movies/music/books/games/art. As I hit “publish” on this post, I am wholly committing to this new direction, and would love for you to join me. Let’s blow out our comfort zones together.
What new directions have you taken recently? How did it change your life?
What advice would you give someone just taking their first steps?
About Cole Bradburn
I'm a writer and doctor in lifelong pursuit of health, happiness, and adventure. I currently live in Raleigh, NC with the love of my life and our amazing boys.