Recently, there is a phrase that I have heard on several occasions that I have tossed into the vocabulary garbage can and I'd like to encourage you to do so as well.
"YOU MISSED YOUR CALLING."
Think about it. It's a pretty depressing statement.
How wonderful it is to have a calling, or even multiple callings. But to tell someone they've missed it, is simply wrong. What a negative view on life to imply that you've missed it. It's gone. It's not capable of happening.
From this day forward I vow that the message that I will send is this:
You've found a calling! That's fantastic!
Tell me what's next, now that you've realized your calling!
I'm also choosing to embrace the fact that we can have more than one calling. We are complex creatures with many talents and passions. Develop those talents and passions and you've got yourself lots of opportunity, and thus, a calling. Over the course of a lifetime, our callings might change, or evolve. Embrace your calling or callings. Be grateful that you have realized them and make plans to do something with them. Life is short. Live it passionately.
And speaking of callings, here's a great article about them: