Being that this blog is all about how to “Live the Wild, Crazy, Meaningful Lives We’re All Meant to Live” I guess you could say that I’m talking a little bit about our destinies here.

The things we’re meant to do. The people we’re meant to be. The places we’re meant to go.

I know, I know. The word “destiny” is kind of a corny word. But hey, even Justin Bieber sings about it in his “Never Say Never” song and movie, so, it must be the real deal!

If you’re a traveler, are you traveling and exploring? If you’re an artist are you creating art? If you’re an entrepreneur are you shipping out projects? If you’re a juggler are you juggling? I don’t care what it is you’re meant to do! But I do care that you’re actually doing it!

In all seriousness, without letting the cliché of the word destiny “Beiberfy” the message of this post, sit here for a moment and ask yourself, “What is my destiny? Who am I meant to be? Am I being it? What am I meant to do? Am I doing it?”

And finally, ask yourself, “Am I really heading that way now with everything I’ve got?

Yes, it’s a loaded question. No, it’s not the easiest to answer. Yes, it is absolutely worth it to ponder this for some time.

If it weren’t for bigger questions like this we’d never think or act more deeply than a Justin Bieber song about cupcakes or something.


Earlier today Srinivas Rao of The Skool Of Life asked, “What’s been the greatest  challenge of 2011 so far?” It got me thinking…

I can hands down say that my greatest challenge since we’ve kicked off this year has been A.) Accepting the hard reality that I wasn’t going in the direction I was meant to go in. (i.e. I was unhappy). B.) Making some tough decisions and difficult changes in order to start on a new route. C.) Wait a second. There is no C …

There is no C because suddenly I finally made the change and made the decision and took action on those initial steps in A & B. And when I did that, well, that big challenge of 2011 dwindled away. The momentum starting to gather. I started living rather than just existing. I started believing instead of doubting. Everything changed.

And I realized that when it comes to doing what we’re meant to do, be it chronicle our journeys seeing 100+ countries or start a business that helps 10,000+ people,  it’s really those first few big steps that are the tough ones. After that, the challenge becomes fun and exciting mixed with a little scary rather than just daunting mixed with a whole lot of scary.

It’s kind of like jumping out of a plane:  It’s scary going up, it’s scary as hell looking down, but the second you leap out you’re still freaking out, but you’re having a blast flying to your destination!


So, what are you meant to do? Who are you meant to be? Is it your destiny to be a revolutionizing entrepreneur, inspiring author, impossible doer, citizen of the world, wandering free spirt, status quo crusher?

There are people out there that are already chasing after and grabbing all the things they know they’re meant to do and be, so why not join them?

That’s how you live a wild, crazy meaningful life my friends. So, don’t let the word destiny dumb down what’s supposed to be a thought exercise of a blog post. Think about it! Are you living the life you’re meant to live?

And whether the answer is yes, no, or maybe-so start thinking about what would do even more to live it even better. We’ve got nothing to loose except pieces of our lives that are so not wild, crazy or meaningful. May as well replace them with pieces that are, right?

Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week because we’re going to dive a little bit deeper!

What’s Your Destiny? Are You Chasing After It?
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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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