“You Light Up”

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I’ve now been told twice that I light up when I talk about the musical.  What does this mean?  My career counselor told me that when he first met me and began our session that he felt a deep sadness from me. And that later, when I talked about the musical I was trying out for, I lit up and that my beautiful smile shone through.

At the funeral this past week, my aunt commented the same thing — that I must be happy about getting a part in the musical because I lit up when I talked about it.

I was struck by this and intrigued.  Both of them described me as “lit up”.  What does that mean?

I want to be “lit up” always!  I don’t want to be sad.  Or angry.  I don’t want to be an energy drainer.  I want to strengthen and grow with those around me.  I want to encourage, not depress.

I just read a fantastic quote today by Joseph Campbell: “I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”  And then: “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”

I am following my bliss; I am finally doing what I’ve always wanted to do — singing, acting, and dancing in a musical!  And I am so happy!  Scared. Nervous. . . but HAPPY!  Which doors will this lead me to?

More from Joseph Campbell and foundation about following your bliss. . .


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