Is there some little desire of your heart that lays in wait unfulfilled? Is there some ocean edge that you long to stand on but you haven't yet let yourself walk up to it? At the heart of the Fireflies at Dusk project is the idea of doing things you've always wanted to do that you've never had time to do.
Why is it we sometimes wait so long to do things that are so close to our heart?
When I was a child, I would carefully study the photos in interior design magazines, hoping to learn how design elements came together in their symmetry and color. For most of my growing-up years I planned on being an interior designer. Time went on, and as a college student I remember the day when I walked into the art department at the university I was going to and declared it as my major. Immediately afterward, life took some unexpected turns, and soon I was transferring to another school and declaring a new major. There were so many other things I needed to study that demanded my time and so many classes that I had to take to graduate that I never got to study interior design. While I'm glad I got the degree I did, I really wanted so much to take at least just one interior design class.
After years and years of wanting to, I finally studied interior design. I started an online class that covered all the main aspects of interior design several months back and finished recently. I decided I was going to have to make it happen. This meant sometimes getting quizzes done between a load of dishes and a load of laundry. It sometimes meant thinking of answers to questions on my homework assignments while I was making dinner. It sometimes meant sometimes falling asleep with color swatches and floor plans in my mind and dreaming up ideas of what to do with both.
It made me really happy.
If there is something that you have always wanted to do only for the simple reason that it would just make you really happy - what is keeping you from it? Sometimes when something makes us happy, it is actually more than just something simple. It is an important piece of the mosaic of our lives, and it is vital for us to go back and find these missing pieces. It may be something that makes other seemingly disconnected things in your life come together in some unexpected way. The really surprising thing is that getting on this kind of wavelength can cause even more pieces of the puzzle to come into your life and, more and more, you'll begin to see the bigger picture.
You might be amazed at the picture that starts to form.
You might be amazed where it all takes you.
Go do something that makes you really happy.
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