If you need some reinforcement of this idea, check out Real Magic by Dr. Wayne Dyer. I read Dr. Dyer's book, among many other self-help books, and realized a long time ago that we have the opportunity to create our own reality.
Dr. Dyer suggests that if you are unhappy with your life, start living the life you want to live – and that it's possible that that life can become your reality.
My story: For 10 years (1980- 1990) I worked in an advertising agency in NYC. Shirt. Tie. Vest. Shined shoes. Train. Subway. BS. Etc.
In 1985 I decided that I wanted out. On my vacations, I played travel photographer: dressing like one and traveling to exotic locations. Each year I took more and more pictures and took more and more vacations . . . until I got fired for taking too many vacations. :-)
I created my own reality. I had enough saved, a "cush" as my account calls it, to tie me over until I started generating some income with my photography.
I wanted to write books. I sent out enough proposals to publishers that I now have 35 books. No proposal letters, no books. No time typing, no books.
I got the idea for this post after receiving this touching and sad email:
Hi Rick - You always seem so happy and to be enjoying life. My life is horrible and always has been. I'd love to be as happy-to-lucky as you are. What is your secret.?"
My response was to read Real Magic.
I also suggested that the sign of a true professional is to make a hard job look easy. Just think of an ice skater . . . or any professional photographer today. It's hard work.
If you are unhappy, change. It's up to you.
When you are through changing, you are through.
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If you need some inspiration, check out this guest blog post I did for my friend, Scott Kelby.
Happiness (as the Buddhist monks would say),
P.S. If you need more some inspiration, you can get it from nature. My favorite inspiration quotes are in my iPad app:
Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature.