. . .if you do 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. – Joseph Campbell
Oh Joseph Campbell, I’ve been waiting a long time for that to be true. 10 years to be exact. It was 10 years ago that I moved permanently to England from America. I was first introduced Campbell’s suggestion to ‘follow your bliss’ by my favourite Literature professor at University. For me bliss has always involved words, I fell in love with words reading Chekhov, Balzac, Shakespeare, Chaucer, The Bronte sisters, even Tom Robbins.
I’ve been bumbling around for the past 10 years working as a Personal Assistant. I’ve put my expensive American BA Honours degree in English to good use finding polite ways to swear at jammed photo copiers or uncooperative spreadsheets. I retrained as a secondary English teacher, which was challenging, especially for an Iowa country gal in London, but it was mainly soul destroying having to teach Shakespeare to kids who couldn’t identify a noun or a verb. Definitely not my idea of bliss.
Just over a year ago, I started my Virtual Assistant business. Running OfficeHounds fits me like a favourite old concert t-shirt. I do get a sick kick out of helping people, and I love bossing myself around. This last year has been bliss. Trying at times, but engaging and perfectly imperfect.
Today on the 10 year anniversary of living with my lovely husband, it hits me. I am living the life I ought to be living.
Just this week, I have been doing some copywriting, website copy about hair extensions. I was excited to win the work. I’ve not ventured into copywriting before, but Mick Say, a great guy I met networking, gave me a chance. I have always dreamed of making a living by writing, but I didn’t know what path to take. Looks like the path chose me. Must be since I’ve been following my bliss by running this business.
Joseph Campbell, glad you were right all along.