~ the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes ~
Angela Inglis Shares
Angela Inglis Shares ~ I’ve always felt grateful to be alive and for the good fortune that I was born into. I live in a relatively free country, was raised by a loving mother and I have a body and mind that function quite well, when I take care of them.
As someone with such privilege, I’ve always been driven to help others who are less fortunate than I am. What I realized as I travelled and gained life experience, though, was that I couldn’t be quite sure how to help others because I hadn’t walked in their shoes. So my ambition to help others was replaced by recognition that – before I could effectively assist others, I had to understand them and their needs. And before I could hope to understand another, I had to deeply understand myself; my fears, hopes and motivations. This was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to self-inquiry. I began to spend as much time reflecting on life as I did living it.
When I was quite young, I read this quote attributed to Confucius: “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” It impacted me greatly. Doing a job I love has been one of the main aims of my life.
I’m equal parts philosopher, artist and teacher. But above all, I’m a student; a student of life. I’ve been an academic, an actor, a singer and songwriter; a health advocate, social justice activist, ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher, curriculum developer and a writer.
Every one of these pursuits has offered me the opportunity to explore my own mind and heart; my potential. I’ve seen that I’m capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. At the same time, I’ve learned that it’s okay to be where I’m at; I don’t have to do anything – to achieve anything – to be worthy of others’ investment or love. This realization has been the single most important insight I’ve had. It has completely transformed my life from the inside, out.
As a teacher, writer and musician – my main pursuits now – I get to share what I’ve learned with others. I’ve not only found a job I love, I’ve found a job that cultivates love – first inwardly and then outwardly. And for that I am truly and deeply grateful.