“We all have two lives. The second begins when you realise you only have one.”
THIS QUOTE IS EVERYTHING.
Google tells me it’s originally attributed to Confucius, but let’s be real I’ve never actually read his writings. NerdHQ’s Conversation with Tom Hiddleston was the first time I heard it and it has stuck with me ever since. (That was also when I officially fell in love with that handsome eloquent bastard, but that’s a different story.)
Hi! My name is Liza, and I am living my second life.
When I was younger, I didn’t really have a visual of my grown-up adult life. Yeah, I had dreams of being a lawyer, then a journalist, then a popstar. (Doesn’t everyone dream of being a popstar?) I headed off to uni without really having a clear goal of who/what I wanted to be and that feeling still stayed with me even after I graduated. I got a job and hoped that my life would sort itself out. Like an epiphany “A ha!” moment in a movie, or that feel-good happy ending.
That moment never came.
I was about 26 when a little voice in my head began to get louder. It told me that something had to change, that I needed to stop sleepwalking through life. It kept insisting that I should listen my heart and figure out my dreams. After much thinking and planning, I quit my job and did something I had been dreaming of; I headed to LA for dance training because I wanted to grow as a dancer. And ultimately, to figure out if dance was something I wanted to do with my life. (That might’ve been lost remnants of my popstar dream, haha!)
I like to think of that time as when my second life began.
My dream might have changed, but really what I learned was that I want my life to be a series of adventures, as I discover what truly makes me tick, what makes me happy, what gives my life meaning, and how to live authentically according to my values. I want to make conscious decisions and create the life that I want. I want to dream, and more importantly, I want to do. (Dreams remain dreams, unless you take action!)
Which has led to this site.
As I embark on new adventures, I want to document the good, the bad, the interesting. Hopefully this blog can become a resource for people who are also living their second lives and/or those with similar interests.
At this moment, my adventures involve solo travel, learning Spanish, dance, rock climbing and yoga. I’m also going into freelance writing (head on over to The Write Movement for more info!), with the ultimate aim of being location independent.
I’d love to connect with like-minded souls so feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me!