….we often end up trading our authenticity for what we perceive as survival, terrified to swap security for our heart’s deepest desires, which is the imperative of all callings and one of the dominant fears in responding to them.
Saying yes to the calls tends to place you on a path that half of yourself thinks doesn’t make a bit of sense, but the other half knows your life won’t make sense without. This latter part, continually pushing out from within us with a centrifugal force, keeps driving us toward authenticity, against the tyranny of fear and inertia and occasionally reason, against terrific odds, and against the knocking of our hearts that signals the hour.
We find ourselves compelled to follow the sometimes blind spiritual instinct that tells us our lives have purpose and meaning. We find that we must act on this imperative despite the temptations—to back down and run for cover—that will divide even the most grimly resolute against themselves.
~Gregg Levoy, Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life