Have you ever woke up one day and thought “there has to be more to life than this?” That feeling of being just a little bit “off,” but you can’t seem to put your finger on what it is. At first, you have this nagging feeling maybe once a year, then suddenly you realize this question is consuming your daily thoughts. Nearing the answer to your purpose lights a fire under your skin that can burn for days. A fire that floods your mind with a mess of vibrant ideas, off the wall strategies, and a brilliant energy. If anyone were to see you, while you’re viciously writing down the mess inside your head in an attempt to sort it out, would clearly believe you’re either on drugs or seriously need to lay off the coffee… Did I just see you take a sip from the coffee pot?
Fear of failure, of change, of following your intuition’s path, is a constant battle attempting to put out the fire under your skin. Peoples’ judgments, comments, questions, all weighing on you like a dense fog before the dawn. Still, follow your intuition, you will rise above the judgments. Answers to the most difficult questions will come from the soul and while there may still be a battle to understand all that’s going on, you’ll be headed in the right direction. You may not be able to see the outcome of your endeavors through the heaviness of the fog, but the fog itself is beautiful on those heavy mornings and when it clears there will be sun.
Changes like this will occur multiple times throughout our lives. Most people refer to it as a “life crisis.” I understand how enlightening yet difficult this experience can be. I choose to follow my intuition, to create my own path. I live my life according to what makes my soul happy and free. I don't care if my life looks “normal” to society or my friends because I wake up feeling light and full of life every morning. I'm different, we all are, and I am still loved; I’ve just picked a different path with a more rewarding future for myself based on how I want to live my life.
My love of motorcycles, the open road, and a dream of freedom and travel had led me to my first “real job” out of college; a financial manager at a Harley-Davidson Dealership in Iowa a couple hours south of where I grew up. The familiar atmosphere and comradeship made me feel like I belonged. At work I felt like I was at home, hangin’ out in the garage with family and friends like old times (just this time, a fancier garage with far more toys).
Somehow as time passed I began to feel unsettled. Confusion and inner conflict exploded. I felt like I was in the right place; I loved the industry and my job was a lot of fun… but maybe that was just one piece of a bigger picture. What else am I supposed to do? I still wanted more freedom, more life, more rock & roll! But how?! Where else and what else could I possibly do that would be better than this?
After 10 months, and a whole other story, I ended up in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with plenty of long winding roads to travel and new places to explore. Having no job and just a few months of expenses saved up proved to be my next biggest challenge, as finding a job, even with a bachelor’s degree, is a difficult daunting task. However, today I have a great job that has enabled me to spend more time focusing on the things I love and following my intuition.
Though I miss working in the motorcycle industry on a daily basis, I’ve come to realize I don’t have to leave it behind. My journey is just beginning, it has led me to create this site, to help others along life’s journey, and to find and share our stories of freedom. When you follow your intuition, that feeling like fire under your skin, when you know what your soul desires, everything begins to fall into place.