“(Barack) has taught me the art of the swerve, how to take life as it comes and follow your passions wherever they lead.”
- Michelle Obama
The Art of the Swerve
I don’t know about you, but my life has definitely NOT followed the course I expected it would follow. Taking life as it comes is proving to be both challenging and exhilarating. But what I like about Obama’s quote is that she talks about not just reacting to what life throws at you, but also proactively following your passions.
There are intersections that we come to in our lives where important choices need to be made. Sometimes we don’t even know we are at an intersection! But whether you know or not, it’s hard to imagine that you will regret swerving towards your passions. Some day you’ll be able to look back and say “I followed what my heart told me to do.”
Swerves can be life changing or just course corrections. One friend moved to a closer-knit community after her husband passed away. Another took up quilting and finds great joy in learning to sew beautiful things. Others change careers, get divorced, and more.
Have you learned the art of the swerve? How might you follow your passions?
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