It’s time to believe that every human being can create themselves.
I believe there has never been a better time to be alive. We have the benefit of living at the apex of thousands of years of history, with access to all the wisdom of the ages. And, thanks to the Internet, a person is not limited to the ideas found in their own small corner of the world.
So here’s a concept I want you to consider:
Just as there’s a technological “maker” revolution, now is the time for a “self-maker” revolution. We know now that we can design our lives to suit our callings, our passions, and the dreams that pull at our hearts.
Unlike any other point in the long story of our species, today we can pick and choose from the unimaginable wealth of the human experience. Like a techie maker selecting just the right parts to build an invention, each of us can assemble a strong internal system of beliefs, perceptions, and purpose to best pursue the happiness we’re all chasing.
Call your life designer, bespoke, curated, artisan, whatever. It doesn’t matter, as long as you live an intentional life. Pick what works for you, and forget the rest (what doesn’t resonate with you will probably work for someone else).
Unlearning the Lie of Limitation
For too long, we have fed ourselves the lie that there are limited paths (a.k.a. the “one true way” fallacy) to happiness. We know now this is false. There are unlimited roads we can take, and each of us can craft our own destiny. The divisions between us crumble when we allow ourselves to let go of beliefs that only make us unhappy.
Every day, more and more of us are realizing that purpose is something you make, not something you wait for and hope will arrive someday. The first step is the choice to see yourself as the creator of your life, rather than a helpless castaway tossed around in the ocean of the world.
When it comes to the ancient riddle that asks “what is the meaning of life,” we now know the answer is “whatever we choose.”
I’m not being blindly optimistic here. Actually, I’m suggesting something utterly practical, the ultimate common sense.
In his book “The Maker Movement Manifesto,” Mark Hatch states that “making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole.” It’s a logical progression that this concept applies not only to our external creations, but what we build inside ourselves as well.
In fact, our internal worlds are far more durable than anything we craft in the physical world. This was the lesson learned by Viktor Frankl (who I’ve written about before). Frankl lost his entire family to the Nazi death camps, but chose to look ahead with hope for an end to his torment. This choice allowed him to retain his will to live, while those around him with no hope would almost always wither and die.
Frankl’s hard-learned lesson was that we can always control how we react to the world, even when external events are beyond our control.
Many Lives, Many Roads, Many Creations
Remember, make no comparison between your journey and the journeys of others. Each life is unique, and so is the meaning of each life. Your roads may be similar at times, and you will have companions along the way, but ultimately your journey is your own.
It doesn’t matter what foundation you use for your personal revolution: religion or atheism, philosophy, art, music, the labor of your hands, dedication to family or career…the list is infinite.
The only thing that matters is finding the stability, confidence, and strength that comes from creating one’s purpose.
For the sake of the self-maker revolution, I challenge you to:
- Believe in constructive disruption and creative destruction. The status quo is not acceptable if it no longer serves us. Shift your perception to serve your life instead of beating yourself down with doubt.
- See change as the eternal challenge that makes life interesting, and failure as a guide and teacher.
- Work out your mind, body, and soul equally. Don’t ignore your inner self or leave the path of your life up to the whims of circumstance.
Leave a comment on this post to share the plans for your revolution! Now get out there, and make yourself!
Featured image courtesy Sebastien Del Grosso