That Beating Drum

We all march to the beat of our own drum. Over the course of our own life journey we begin to hear and understand the beat of our drum and how to live by it. Some people hear their drum early in life, others take much longer to figure out their own beat. And still a third group lives a large segment of their life doing one thing then change to doing something else. That change can happen as a result of a mid life crisis, a major life change, retirement, or maybe even an epiphany. For what ever the reason, this third group makes a change and never looks back.

Each of these three timeframes pose their own challenge. To figure out early your own beat may mean that you are misunderstood, under estimated, thought foolish or childish to believe that you know what you want at such a young age. Those who figure out the right beat later in life have spent much time moving from one thing to another never feeling satisfied or fulfilled, and others may discount their work because their heart doesn’t seem to be in it. And the late change in life, from one thing to another may cause people to wonder if you have lost your sense of self or are simply going crazy. None of these are right or wrong, the real point is to figure out what you want to do and then do it. Who cares what people think.

So which one are you? Where are you in your journey towards discovering your gift and how to give it away? What change do you want to make that people will not understand? What change are you afraid to make not knowing if it will work out in the long run? Or maybe your internal drum is beating loudly and you are working hard to ignore it because what it leads to is scary and off the beaten path. Again I say who cares what people think.

You have to be able to face yourself in the mirror each morning knowing that what you do adds value and meaning somewhere. Doing something worthwhile makes all the difference in the world. It may be as simple as being a good neighbor or a good friend; whatever it is that your drum beat is telling you to do, do it with all your might. We don’t get many second chances in life, so we have to take them as they come.

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