What Is Your Calling? Find Your Happiness
Dylan Werner is a former U.S. Marine Corps firefighter and wrestler turned world-famous yoga instructor. He is literally known as one of the leading yogis of the world.
Dylan had an incredible journey to becoming a yoga expert. After completing a tour of Iraq he spent eight years as a paramedic and firefighter in California. He then found yoga through martial arts and finally found peace in his life. He eventually decided he wanted to dedicate his life to the practice.
Today he has given more than 400 workshops in over 60 countries and has taught at some of the world’s most prestigious yoga studios. His famous strong movements and hand balancing has inspired millions on social media.
Dylan is clearly a very inspiring person who has found a tremendous amount of peace and grounding through yoga. However, he has had his fair share of ups and downs in his life.
Obviously Dylan has strong opinions when it comes to yoga, but today I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about something different: life lessons that can be learned from leaving your job.
We’ve all been there: stuck in a job we hate, struggling to convince ourselves that we’re happy when we just aren’t.
Additionally, most of us have been laid off at one point in our lives. I’ve been fired from jobs before and it was incredibly difficult to come to terms with.
From Laid Off Firefighter to LA Yogi
Dylan has his own story when it comes to getting laid off. After working for 10 years to become a firefighter, he was laid off because of budget cuts. At the time, he was incredibly embarrassed. In California, it’s a very difficult process, with a lot of competition, to become a firefighter, and after all that hard work, he was very upset about losing his job.
After a few months off work, he got a call that a new firefighter position was open in a different department. However, the job was probationary meaning Dylan wouldn’t be protected by the union. Regardless, Dylan took the job and worked hard for six months, basically repeating all the probationary things he had done when he first got hired four years earlier.
One day he showed up to work and the Fire Chief was there to inform him that he was being let go again because he wasn’t a good fit for the department.
Dylan was devastated. He had always fought so hard to try to belong to something and to be good enough. He had worked so hard to be a firefighter and was being told, again, that he wasn’t good enough, not for any particular reason, just because the department didn’t like him was crushing. He felt like he wasn’t accepted by the department because he was different: he was a free thinking, yogi.
Dylan went home that day in tears completely unsure what he was going to do with his life because all he ever wanted was to be a firefighter. He sat down at thought about his skills. He liked music, yoga and graphic design. He began taking some small graphic design jobs to pay his mortgage, but it wasn’t enough and he eventually had to move and rent his house out.
After more thinking, he realized that through the past four years of self discovery, the thing that had made him happiest was yoga, so he became a teacher. He moved to LA and became a full time yoga teacher. Now, eight years later, Dylan is a world renowned yoga instructor.
What is the Meaning of MY Life
Through this journey, Dylan learned a lot. It made him think about the big questions of life. One of which is: what is the meaning of life.
However, Dylan thinks that this is a pointless question, because nothing in life is permanent. Everything will eventually fade away. For Dylan the right question to ask is, “what is the meaning of my life?”
The beautiful thing about this question is that you get to create the answer. You, and you alone, get to decide the meaning of your own life. No one else is going to tell you. It takes time, mistakes, and struggles, but once you find it you will be on the way to happiness.
Another key life question is, “what is my purpose?” According to Dylan, when you discover what the meaning of your life is, the purpose of your life becomes to share that.
For Dylan, the meaning of his life was to understand truth and his purpose was to share that truth. As humans we can live meaningful lives by giving back to others and sharing with the world around us. By sharing our purpose, we grow, and so does the world.
The idea of giving, as a key to finding happiness is not something we are usually taught in Western culture. The mentality is much more focused on the self: taking what you can and “getting what’s yours.” Generally we spend more time thinking about how to be the best, the most successful, or the richest rather than thinking about how to give back.
We are constantly told, “it’s all about you,” but the truth is that it’s not. If you live your life this way you are only building your own ego rather than contributing anything worthwhile to the good of humankind.
The sooner we can all come to terms with this idea, the sooner we can all start making the world a better place.
Take some time today to reflect on the meaning of your life. What is is that you do that will allow you to share something positive with the world. How can you be of service of others today.
Maybe it won’t take quitting your job or getting fired like me or Dylan to find this purpose, or maybe it will. Just remember the future is in your hands. You get to decide how you want your life to go, so start living that life today.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored