We all have individualized needs in terms of finding the specific aspects of how we can thrive in our lives. One person's gold may be another person's nightmare, so identifying what you need---and making it happen---is a particular key to personal wellness and satisfaction.
What's Your Gold?
Like I said, one person's gold can be another person's nightmare, so finding what's best for you is very individual.
That said, what's your gold in this lifetime? Or more specifically, what's the gold you need right now in this period of your lifetime? Even more to the point, what do you need today?
For some of us, community is everything, and we put a great deal of energy into forming bonds and relationships that feed us on multiple levels. For one person, that may be a faith community, and for another person, it may be hippy gatherings in the hills. (Like I said, one person's gold.......)
For others, perhaps the most important thing is health, and the majority of time is spent focused on health, be it emotional, physical, spiritual, emotional or otherwise. Some of us are blessed with reliable, stable health and no chronic conditions, while others of us (myself included) are challenged by disease states (like diabetes, cancer, HIV, chronic pain, etc) that force us to focus more on our health than others might care to.
Finding your personal gold is important, no matter what it is. Whether it's health, community, family, or the arts---it doesn't really matter. What matters is that you know what your gold is, and you recognize the times in your life when your gold---and your needs---change.
Thriving means something different to everyone, and finding a way to thrive in life is a pretty intrinsic human desire. According to Maslow's Hierarchy, we first seek to fulfill our needs for food, clothing, excretion, sex, shelter and other physical necessities. Once we have that covered, we move up the pyramid towards love, companionship, self-esteem, self-actualization, and the other "loftier" goals of life as a human being.
How you move along this continuum is up to you, and it's also dictated by your circumstances. If you're born into wealth, then your needs for the physical comforts of life are met without distress, whereas if you're born into a poor family, then you'll be in a position to struggle more for your basic necessities. There's no blame here, just the reality of different human beings' circumstances that are sometimes beyond their control.
Individuality is the key here, whether it's what you do for work, how you play, who you love, or what the focus of your life may be.
If you don't know what your gold is, find it. If you can't find it, seek help in doing so. A life without purpose can feel empty, and if you're not sure what you want, then there are professionals, friends and family members who can help you in your quest for fulfillment.
If you find yourself at a place in your life where you just don't know what's next, that's another time to enlist help, or just search within yourself for the answers.
Whether it's managing your diabetes, finding a way to change your career, traveling to other parts of the world, or questioning the very meaning of life, being true to your own needs, desires and choices is key.
So, find your gold, ask for help if you need it, and stay true to your ideals and your personal desires. It's your life, so you can dictate the rules---and enjoy the ride!