Searching for Bliss

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | March 18th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth, Relationships

Footprints in Sand © Kim Fuller

© Kim Fuller

I was first introduced to Joseph Campbell in a 10th grade English class. Although his ideas sparked my interest, The Hero’s Journey and The Power of Myth were never more to me than philosophical curriculum. Now, however, I appreciate Campbell’s teachings, and those who teach him, more than ever. It seems that now, “Follow your bliss”— his famous words of wisdom — are a part of me every day.

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Almost five years ago, on a Saturday morning in early June, I was sitting on a stiff, foldout chair between two of my best friends and among about three dozen of my closest peers. We were all wearing long black gowns with gold sashes, along with traditional square-topped caps adorned with black and gold tassels hanging down and frequently grazing our right cheekbones.

I remember my high school graduation very well. Probably because it wasn’t very long ago, but also because, like the bildungsroman novels that we read and deconstructed in our AP English class, this day truly felt “coming-of-age.”

For me, it wasn’t the ceremony, or even the nostalgia, that made this a defining moment in my life (although those elements did contribute). It was the speech. The words that were shared from my English teacher, mentor, coach and friend, that made the moment one that I will never forget.

Mr. Schuessler’s words were more powerful than I could hope to translate, so I will share a few of them here:

“… I want to stress to you right away that there is no greater possibility in store for you than finding your bliss. Doing what you love to do and being with people you love on a daily basis is as good as it gets.

No one can ever tell you what your bliss is, and sometimes it takes a good deal of time to uncover it for yourself, but if you’ve found it — or once you’ve found it — the passion that you’ll have for it will be unmistakable.

… The beauty of this day is that you are about to have the opportunity to be in complete control of your life from here forward — if you’ll agree to take responsibility for it …”

As I sat looking out at my family and friends — the small mountain community that had supported me for 18 years — I was overcome with the happiness, sadness, inspiration and nervousness that comes with taking that next step in life.

“… The opportunity to do the positive thing, to do the beautiful thing — to blow people away with beauty — is always there.

… Though this is a difficult time for me right now, filled as I am with grief and praise, there’s no where I’d rather be at this moment than right here talking with you.

This is my bliss.

The center of my universe, my perfect world.

Now, go make yours.”

The once-dry tassel swinging next to my face was now damp as it swept away the tears that were now sliding down my cheek.

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The years between now and then have shown me what it’s like to make progress in finding my own bliss, as well as the missteps that have pushed me off, and then back on, my path.

Now, as a recent college graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder, I am introducing myself to this blog as a life-enthusiast and young journalist. I am 23, and I almost feel as new and wide-eyed as I did when I was a college freshman, although I know this is not true.

I am striving to live a healthy and active life, while pursuing my career and deepening my relationships. Every day it takes different energy to find balance, and every day I have different goals to help me achieve this balance.

Some days I want to travel the world with all my senses — write and read, eat and smell, listen and question. Other days, I just want to make it to yoga or go on a run. Today, I may find balance with the company of someone I love or a good book and a glass of red wine. I see every day as a chance to start fresh — a new chance for finding bliss.

I think of Mr. Schuessler’s words often:

“This is my bliss.

The center of my universe, my perfect world.

Now, go make yours.”

Comments

  1. Congratulations on a beautifully written and very inspiring article. I wish I had heard a speech like this at my high school graduation 33 years ago. Regardless, after many years, a marriage, 4 daughters, a divorce, and many tears later I have learned to find and follow my bliss @50+ and can attest to it being the only way to live, otherwise you are merely existing.

    Myriam L. Sitterson | March 19th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  2. Your FB posts are always a moment of contemplation and joy Kim, thanks

    Tom | March 20th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  3. inspiring…

    mel | April 14th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  4. Most people I have encounter listen to what they see, but cannot see what they are listening to because words are only relative to experience. And experience is fleeting when not pursued by a continuum of demonstrating ones thinking.

    Campbell, from what is understood by this writer, never sought followers, he sought individual who would step out of the medium of conformity and take responsiblity to know what is right concerning their journey while traveling their road of living.

    The information he gather in following his passion of nature to me, while in his youth, was a steppingstone to show him that the passion of human diesire, and the passion of Spirit fulfillment was a divide which wrecked discipline of seeking ones true path. Campbell learned, from my understanding, nothing is wasted when gathered in and seen to never be a hinderance but a revelation to move beyond conformity.

    When Campbell realized this, he wasted no time in seeking betterment for himself in disciplining himself to bring forth a new understanding of accepted fables and old wives tales for the betterment of those who discovered his writing; learned from them, and found a light which showed them their own path.

    Campbell did not seek followers, his writing was and is for one to take responsibility to enlighten themselves, and those whom they touched and touched them..

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    Never give power to anything a person believe is their source of strength – Jufa

    jufa | April 15th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  5. Bliss can be a state of profound spiritual satisfaction, happiness and joy, often associated with religious ideas of the afterlife.

  6. That is so cool.

    Richard | May 19th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  7. A beautiful piece. Joy is our barometer. If what we are doing feels like anything other than joy, perhaps we should have a look at why we are doing it. Thank you for your contribution.

    Ravina | October 5th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  8. Very nice. : ) Your words and those of Mr. Schuessler’s flowed into my consciousness like a welcome friend.

    Faatui | May 5th, 2011 | Comment Permalink

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