Growing up, my mom gave us huge tri-fold pieces of paper to draw our dream house on. At age 10, I drew a special 'pet room' and 'music room' since those were the things that I loved. I learned at a young age that anything I could imagine could be created on that paper. It was my own artistic creation and there were no wrong answers. Later on, I drew an entirely new house on a fresh sheet of paper because the old model no longer reflected who I was.
As adults we often hear people say, "Find your passion." I think that's backwards. Passion isn't something we find, it's something we create. I laugh when people ask me my 5-year plan. To know exactly where I'll be and what I'll be doing in 5 years sounds awful. I have no idea. All I know is life is a continuous and beautiful unfolding, and our job is to listen, to be present, and to always stay curious.
At the beginning of the year, I skipped the resolutions and instead chose core desires. Ways that I wanted to feel this year. Two of my core desires are adventure and exploration. Each day I ask myself what I can do to feel those desires. Already in one month, I've been able to inoculate myself to fears I harbored in the past and step outside of my comfort zone. It's been a fun ride, and it's only February...
One of the greatest skills in life is to learn how to learn. Stay curious. Ask questions, Seek help from those around you. What you can imagine, you can create. It doesn't only apply to dream houses drawn on tri-fold pieces of paper.