A friend of mine describes ‘living the dream’ as simply having ‘wifi, a latte and a rollie’. The first time we witnessed his enjoyment of this trinity of satisfaction, the expression became a mantra – to be used at any point where you’ve achieved a sense of Zen, no matter how big or small.
Having a goal to work towards or a dream to pursue is part of what makes us human. It doesn’t have to be MLK-worthy, just something that gets you up in the morning and gives you a sense that you’re not just wasting air. Whether it’s artistic fulfilment, business and financial success or the feeling that you’re helping your fellow man (or woman), this month we meet a variety of people who are in pursuit of a goal in one form or another, each seeking their own state of ‘living the dream’.
Being part of Jersey’s biggest ever art exhibition would certainly be a worthy achievement for a local artist. Later this month, Skipton Big Ideas will open to the public in St Helier’s Town Church, displaying the creative pursuits of thirty artists and twenty large-scale pieces of work. The faces of those that grouped together to present this project (pg. 30) certainly show how art can be a path to satisfaction. Be sure to go and check it out; it’s free to get in.
We also meet the team at Jersey Recovery college (pg.50), individuals who get their satisfaction from helping those with mental health issues find a path to clarity. Given the last 18 months, the ability to relax and maintain a focused and clear mind has certainly not been a given, and it’s good to know there are people there to help.
If achieving a Gordon Gecko level of success is on your life-goal list, our wealth feature in this month’s agenda section is the one for you (pg.92). We also meet a man who has turned his own personal success into a pursuit of good, developing an app that is both a great business idea and helps victims of domestic abuse.
Whether it’s creative output, spiritual clarity or a triple-deck yacht, whatever you’re in pursuit of, crack on. Grab a coffee, scroll for some inspiration and you’re almost there.