One of my favorite melodies in the world is in Billy Joel’s Piano Man. I’ve always loved that song. But the lyrics are inexpressibly sad.
Unfulfilled dreams are romantic in songs. In real life, not so much. The coach in me wants to get my hands on the denizens of the bar and kick start them into pursuing their path.
Let’s take a look at the people in the song. The bartender wants to be a movie star. The real estate agent wants to be a novelist. The waitress wants to be a politician. And who knows what Davy in the Navy or the stoned businessmen want.
Why are we here? (On earth that is, not the bar J) is a deep philosophical question that has been debated forever.
However, in practical coaching terms, there is far less mystery. At some very basic level, your personal life purpose is always going to be related to one of two things: either doing what you love, and/or doing what you’re good at doing. Ideally, it’s both.
I can’t guarantee anyone worldly success (money or fame) from doing what you love. I can’t even guarantee you’ll make a living doing what you love. (But I’ll do my best to make that possible for you if you decide to coach with me by my asking you the questions that will get you going and that will hold you accountable to your dreams.)
But the bottom line is, if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do or to try or if there’s something you’ve always loved doing, and you’re not making the room in your life-by creating the time, the money, the support-whatever it is that you need to do it-then you’re not fulfilling part of your life purpose.
It’s a truism. People more often regret what they didn’t do than what they did do.
Piano Man is beautiful and romantic and sad. But you don’t want to actually live the life of one of those bar patrons, do you?
Live the life you want. Pursue the path you want. That is your life purpose.
And there’s no mystery about it.
May we pursue our paths, with no ifs, ands, or buts,