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What do you want to do with your life?
It is such a short time that we each have to be alive to make a difference and feel fulfilled.
What do you want to do with your Life? What is your what?
I believe you can find, know, and live your what. Just follow your gut. Because it’s only in listening to and following your inner knowing that you find your what.
Follow your gut to find your what, and let what you do be an expression of who you are.
It’s easy as a child. Your job is simply to learn and play. Occasionally you get the question: what do you want to be when you grow up?
But you’re so in the moment, the only question you have in your little world is: who wants to play, right now?
Being a kid is a time of creativity, imagination and innocence.
I remember loving to be outside – in the forest building forts, on the street playing hockey, out in the field kicking a ball just having fun. It was timeless.
However, as we grow, and ‘come of age’, there is a shift in our perception and awareness of our Self and the world. Slowly, we move from our hearts and into our heads.
Can you remember the loss of that playful innocence?
Sooner or later we all go through that transition to adolescence. It can be an awkward stage.
In junior high and high school, life revolved around friends, and the question then was – who wants to hang out?
My passion was music. Guitarists and lead singers were my heroes. At 14, I looked like a young Kurt Cobain wanna-be living the life of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.
I was too cool for school. And for the first time, I began to be asked that question . . . “Malcolm, what are you going to do with your life?”
As a young adult, I looked around. “What do I want to do with my life?”
Let what you do be an expression of who you
are . . .
At 17 I answered my parents' question with . . . music. I want to do music.
Upon leaving high school, I remember visiting a prospective college. There I was, walking those big long halls, with the tall ceilings. I asked one of the students, “What is it like here?”
“Man, if you want to live, eat and breathe music, then this is the place.”
“Wow, so cool. . .” In my mind I enrolled right then and there.
I went to that college, driven and determined. I studied intensely, practising as long and as hard as I could. If I wasn’t playing music, I was listening to music.
This was my dream – to live, eat and breathe music.
And when I was done . . .
I felt empty.
And I was back to that question: “what do I really want to do with my life?”
I searched for answers first in Western religion – but it was too confining. Eastern philosophy, however, was intriguing. And what I applied to my life was the practise of yoga and meditation.
I put the down drumsticks, picked up my backpack, and went traveling. I lived an adventure, sleeping outside and hitchhiked where rides would take me. It was my experiment with being ‘spiritual’ and homeless.
My new heroes were the yogis and monks I read tales of. I followed the ancient paths of yoga and meditation, trying to develop an inner calm and clarity that could lead to my answer. And after several years, inside I felt a big shift coming.
It was in 2003, I met the love of my life and at 24 we were expecting.
My wife turned and looked at me and said: “Malcolm, what you are going to do with THIS life?”
Doesn’t your world dramatically change when YOU are responsible for another life?
I needed a career. And at the time, it was either take a couple courses to get steady work as a baker or pursue the unknown through nutrition.
What should i do? Should I go with my gut?
Let what you do be an expression of who you are . . .
What I haven’t told you was that from the age of 16 on, as I was seeking my own way, I said no to packaged and fast food, and I began to search for a better way to feed myself, one that was in alignment with how I wanted to live.
You are what you eat, and I did not want to be junk food anymore.
I went with my gut.
Fast forward to today: I am the founder and creative visionary of the Light Cellar, a destination superfood shoppe for anyone into health. I have created a place where you can find, and learn how to craft, your own food and medicine.
So now if you were to ask me: Malcolm, what do you want to do with your life?
I want to help you – recreate your relationship to food.
I want to help you – develop a deeper connection and understanding of the foods you eat to know that, literally and metaphorically, food is the foundation for nourishing your life.
Food can heal you or harm you. Help you or hinder you.
My what is to help you bring what you eat into alignment with who you are and what you want to do. So you can live the life you want to live, to feel fulfilled and make a difference.
What is your what?
Follow your gut to find your what. And let what you do be an expression of who you are.
The question is, what do you want to do with your life?
By Malcolm Saunders
Founder: The Light Cellar, Calgary, Canada