Are you ready yet?
Setting Sail on ‘The True North Project’.

Dearest reader,

How are you?

In these (still) very early days of my ‘writing adventure’, as I’m calling it, I haven’t talked to you much. I’ve written some words and hit publish, but I haven’t really made much of an effort to speak directly the small number of remarkable people who are reading. I want to change that.

If you haven’t seen it already and are wondering what this is all about, I recently wrote a little about my new quest, ‘The True North Project’.

I want to ask you a question.

I’m tempted to ask ‘Are you happy?’, but I’m not going to do it. If you’re reading this, you’re probably quite a happy person. You’ve probably got many things in your life that, in some small way or another, make you very happy and for which you feel grateful. Yes, soul-nourishing happiness is my overall goal with this project, but I feel like there is a better question to be asked…2 questions, in fact:

Do you feel there is something more for you?
Do you feel like something is missing?

If not—and kudos to you—you probably don’t need what I’m writing. Feel free to come along for the ride anyway. It could get interesting and you may find a little spark here and there that will make your life better.

But, if you do feel like something is missing—even if you can’t quite put your finger on it—then stay with me. Let’s find it together.

Do it for you.

The True North Project is something that I am unapologetically doing for me. For me, the time is now. It has to happen now, or at least very soon. I feel as though if it doesn’t, it may not happen at all.

This is not the case. While it is tempting to dramatize and say ‘this is my last chance!’, this would of course be absolute nonsense. If I don’t succeed on this occasion, I will have many more ongoing opportunities to properly steer my ship back to my True North.

But I do feel a distinct sense of urgency; one that I feel is very much required here. I feel that I have never been in a better life position to embrace change in all its wonder and overwhelming excitement.

I am ready. I am very ready and I’m going for it.

…but that’s me.

Is now the time for you?

It probably is, but it might not be.

Even if you know something is missing from your life and you are committed to finding your way back to your own True North, it may not be the right time. It’s okay not to be ready yet, whatever your reason may be. But remember, you may not ever feel truly ready. At some point, you have to dare greatly. At some point, you have to jump.

If you’re reading this, then I think you are ready.

…and if you are, then already your ship has started to turn.

In the end, your life is yours, and yours alone. You must strive, each day, to live it your way. Don’t let me or anyone else tell you otherwise.

We all have much to learn.

I make no secret of the fact I don’t have all the answers—I wouldn’t be embarking on this quest if I did. Fortunately, at this point I don’t need all the answers, and neither do you. But what I do have is an urge; a hunger for an extraordinary life. It feels like a raging flame trapped inside me. It cannot be contained any longer. I do not feel like I have any choice but to embark on this quest.

Don’t get me wrong. In many ways, it won’t be easy and at times it will be intimidating and confronting and probably freakin’ terrifying. But it will be fun, exciting and wonderful, and above all, it will be so much easier than the crushing feeling that we are missing out—or have missed out—on our own lives.

Have a think about it.

In my next post, I’m going to talk more about how I plan to approach the task of optimising my life for my own True North. I’m going to break all it down so that you know where we’re headed, and know what to expect.

Then, I’m setting sail.

Whether or not you choose to set sail with me (and I hope you do), remember, at all times:

You are not alone.
You belong here.
You are much stronger than you realise.
You have a right to be happy.
All the answers are within you.


‘Are you ready yet?’ by Clare Bowditch.

…thank you Clare, you incredibly beautiful human, you.