Are you ruling your world, or is it ruling you?
I can say the first 30 years, I pretty much was a note taker in life. I worked graduated valedictorian, got a scholarship, got a job, and got married (twice). All pretty vanilla.
Sometimes I was always a bit “unruly,” but essentially I was too much of a people pleaser to really step far out of line and surprise my friends or family.
Easygoing by nature, I believed most of the playbook I’d been handed most of the time. It didn’t make me miserable just–restless. Unsatisfied. Eventually, when pre-programmed “stop” after stop on the life path of expectation didn’t satisfy me, I realized I’d have to try life by my own rules.
In my mid 30s, I stepped off the grid all the way, and experimented with what life would be like if I trusted myself to write some of my own rules. A few things got in the way–fear, doubt, judgement, a huge five bedroom house, a boring job, etc.
I wrote about the process of learning how to unlearn these rules, and make my own, in a journal I’ve made public. It’s a book called How You Rule The World. It’s pretty introspective–a personal journal on my own evolution. Feeling voyeuristic? If you’d like to take a look, you can find it on Amazon.