In the alphabet of doing what you love… today’s post comes to you by the (consumable) letters P, Q and R
P is for Pineapple
According to fruity legend, the first pineapples to travel to England from their native home in Guadeloupe were considered so exotic and exciting that they were hired for up to £6 000 a night by affluent Georgian families to display at parties.
When you do what you love, your business idea, blog post, bronze medal for best vegan cupcakes is so new and fresh to you that you feel like people would be lucky to get the chance to show it off at parties.
Those people won’t always agree.
When you get creative, keep in mind the Pineapple Principle: what’s exotic and priceless to one person (you) might be generic tinned fruit to another (everyone else).
Q is for Quiche
In 1982, Bruce Feirstein wrote a guidebook on how real men should think, feel and behave. Even the title was educational: Real Men don’t eat Quiche (this was genuinely baffling to me as a child… I knew at least one of my uncles had eaten quiche at a barbecue and I was sure he was a dude… what a rebel!).
You may be a rebel quiche eater too.
You might love something that popular culture/stereotype/a satirical book title tells you isn’t for you. At an audition for King Kong in 1976, the director said of the magnificent Meryl Streep, “why do you bring me this ugly thing?” Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winning changer of the world, was told he’d “never amount to anything”. And 60 million album selling Shakira was told by her music teacher that she ‘sang like a goat’!
Don’t be held back by what anyone says you can and can’t do. That’s as silly as a rule about men not being allowed to eat egg based picnic food.
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”Albert Einstein
R is for Red Pill
When I started this blog, I thought I just wanted to prove that I could commit to writing every day. But, when you’ve cultivated discipline, doing what you love is more than going through the motions, doing the practical work of sitting at a laptop or putting on your dancing shoes.
The real reason for doing what you love isn’t to make something. It’s to escape the matrix of your comfort zone… to choose possibility and failure and find the grit to keep going. It’s to choose your own path and dance with destiny. It’s to take a chance on what might be on the other side.
It’s to feel alive.
“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes“Morpheus to Neo, The Matrix
Take the red pill
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