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Joseph Campbell speaking on following your bliss.

anonymous said:

Twelve? Wow, what a awesome amount of tattoos! What do you have as tattoo?

yes. i have

  1. a jellyfish
  2. "whatever you are be a good one"
  3. the digimon crest of courage
  4. minnie mouse
  5. "follow your bliss"
  6. an air plane with some roses
  7. a yellow rose
  8. a tooth
  9. izaya orihara
  10. circa survive safe camp symbol
  11. a color swatch
  12. a reptile/fish thing

ouo

Following your bliss is useless. People are passionate about a lot of stupid things. It’s not a great mantra. Meaning, I think, comes from doing a full accounting of your limitations and assets, your passions and your weaknesses, your belief system and your fears, and then rubbing up against the things that cause you to panic, like an allergy skin scratch test, and find out what your reactions are. Once you figure out how you can contribute to the greater good, once you’re able even to define that, you take that information and pour yourself into one direction. Regardless of discomfort or regrets or what-ifs. (And then doing that over and over again, until death.) That does not fit on a T-shirt. That to me is more important than bliss, which would really just lead me back into bed, maybe with a bowl of corn flakes…
Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world and the way to give to the world the very best that you have to offer. There IS a track just waiting for each of us and once on it, doors will open that were not open before and would not open for anyone else.
—  Joseph Campbell
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