‘To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream not only plan but also believe’ – Anatole France
I read this quote everyday as it is conveniently hanging up on the dining room wall and each day after reading the quote I plan out how I will act, dream, plan and believe – just a little bit more than the day before. So, it is quite fitting that I start this tangent with sharing a slice of my motivation. Motivation to be that better person, who is living their passion and seeking (more) happiness.
When I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. I imagined flying through the clouds at an incredible speed would be exhilarating while rewarding from the effort I’d have to put in to achieve that dream (if only I knew speed was for war…). As I consider myself to be someone who puts their head down when needed and get on with what needs to be done, I did believe I could achieve this dream. However, unbeknown to me while standing in the crowd looking up at the airforce shows did I know another exhilarating pathway was destined for me.
This takes us to the heart of this tangent – doing the imaginable unimaginable
Before I go any further, what is unimaginable? ’cause now thinking about it once you think about what is unimaginable it becomes imaginable. Right? Yes.
So, what might be unimaginable? Winning the lotto, finding more time, quitting smoking, world peace, a clean ocean, sustainable beaches, no war, happiness, love, health… For me, I thought about a few of these but once I really thought about it they were imaginable – winning the lotto, finding more time, world peace, a clean ocean, sustainable beaches, no war, happiness, love, health…
That means the unimaginable is in fact IMAGINABLE! No way!
This is where having a vision becomes important, a vision to achieve the unimaginable. For instance, I thought doing an Honours degree was unimaginable, but then is happened – yes, completed it today and have now found time (another unimaginable) to write a tangent…
The reason I am tangenting about this is because I am hanging out with another 21 imaginable unimaginable change makers who are doing the unimaginable (along with all those other incredible people in my life) – creating apps to streamline our lives, advocating for support, love and happiness for marginalised communities, working towards world sustainability and leadership opportunities for their own friends, peers and networks. Yes, I am hanging out with the Foundation for Young Australians’ 2015 Sydney Young Social Pioneers. Between completing honours, working, volunteering, traveling, living and breathing, I am now over half way through a life changing opportunity to develop myself as an imaginable unimaginable change maker for the way we manage beaches!
Now that Honours is done and dusted… bring on the Beach Happiness Index – and every other imaginable unimaginable.