Do what thou wilt

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Far too often do we find ourselves doing things we don’t want to, some call it sacrifice, others call it wasting time. “Do What Thou Wilt” encompasses so much of what our inner voice is screaming, has been screaming and will continue to. Directly translated into modern day American English this phrase tells you to, do what you want. But the true meaning that stands behind this phrase is a much deeper rabbit hole. It means to follow your own path, create your own destiny. Not to just simply do what you want every second, that can land most of us in heaps of trouble. “Do What Thou Wilt”, means to do what you want to do, with your life…it is yours isn’t it?

When you were a child, what did you want to do with your life? Or more commonly put, what did you want to be? When we are kids we don’t see limitations, we see possibilities in our dreams. The only limitation we have in our dreams is what we are exposed to. Some children will tell you they want to be an astronaut, a lawyer, a policeman or even a super hero. Those changes are typically based on what their environment has exposed them to, and within that perspective they have chosen the path they saw was the coolest. Not the most practical, the easiest, the one that paid the most, but the path that was most appealing. A few years ago I volunteered at a career day and throughout the day I asked a few of the children what they wanted to be. One kid wanted to be a janitor, another a firefighter, one kid even wanted to be an inventor. Though they all wanted to pursue different paths they all chose their answer for the same exact reasons. “Because it looks cool!” As we get older we change as people, we gain different skills, our perspectives change and we experience more. In short, we are exposed to so much more. The negative effect of this exposure tends to lead to the belief in limitations we did not see as children. We start to believe that skin color, disabilities, language, gender, economic status, the education of our parents, the education level of ourselves, the culture we were born into, and many many other factors determine what we can and cannot pursue in our careers and other areas of our lives. I’m here to tell you that that is one word, two syllables: Bullshit. In 2007, the median income of households headed by an Indian American was approximately $83,000, compared with $61,000 for East Asians and $55,000 for whites. Sir Richard Branson is dyslexic and in case you didn’t know Barack Obama is Black. Marissa Mayer the CEO of Yahoo Inc. and Dilma Rousseff the President of Brazil are both women. Steve Jobs’ biological mother was an unwed graduate student, neither of his adoptive parents had a college degree and his adoptive father was a high school dropout. Steve Job’s himself was a college dropout. Though these stories are different they all have a similar element. Each one of these people chose to take the path that they wanted, not the one that they thought was the most practical.

It takes a lot of time, sometimes years, to shed the doubt piled on from negative experiences that have made you deaf to that inner voice screaming. Screaming out which path to take, some call it a gut feeling others call it instinct, a few would venture as far as to call it God. Regardless of what you believe the source is, it is my observation that it is much more advantageous to listen to it. Rather than the one on the Tv, the radio, in the cell phone and especially from the negative sources that started this mess. A few months ago I was explaining to a now acquaintance a goal I had. Before I could finish he asked me, “You think you’re going to do that?!” with a doubtful tone. And I replied, “Watch me…”

Do What Thou Wilt.

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