When you want to create the life that you really want, you might be afraid to ‘risk’ things
What if you have a nice sofa set, a cool Tesla, and a twenty-third story apartment with a balcony? How can you ‘throw it all away’ to go and get the life you want, the life that truly makes you happy if it puts all of that at risk?
Here’s the truth: you’re not risking anything.
If you’re leaving a comfortable lifestyle that doesn’t seriously fulfill you, you’re not risking anything. There’s nothing substantial you have to lose. If comfort is at the cost of personal fulfillment and happiness, it’s a high price to pay.
You might be avoiding facing the fear, the fear that maybe those 1000 thread count sheets isn’t worth spending your life making sure that CitiGroup©®™ saves 0.03% on their taxes this year.
Maybe I should be more bold, caring more about what happens with my life more than my stuff.
Am I a monk, wearing a bed sheet and sleeping on the beach? Hell no. I’ve got a pretty nice apartment with a balcony (3rd floor, not 23rd).
I’ve got one of those Mac’s with the big monitor. 24″ monitor, oh baby it’s sweet.
But it’s just stuff.
I’ve had stuff before, and I’ll probably have more.
Do I like it? Yes.
Could I eventually lose it? Nope.
It’s already gone. There’s a superficially super-cheesy story involving, of course, a monk.
“Do you see this glass?” he asked us. “I love this glass. It holds the water admirably. When the sun shines on it, it reflects the light beautifully. When I tap it, it has a lovely ring.
But for me, this glass is already broken. When the wind knocks it over or my elbow knocks it off the shelf and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’ But when I understand that this glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious.”
Not only do you appreciate everything more that way, but it makes you ask:
What are you alive for? Is it to accumulate stuff?
The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness. — Pope Benedict XVI
Will your comfort live on after you die? Will that totally bitchin’ leather couch be your legacy?
Kicker number two: the stuff you’re working for? Tomorrow it could evaporate as you get hit by a bus. And don’t delude yourself, nobody who dies at 21, 32, 43 or 54 thinks “Today’s a great day to die!”
The world isn’t as scary as the media makes it out to be, but if it’s a terrorist attack or tsunami, train crash or type-1 diabetes; people actually die young.
When I was younger, one of the first people I really looked up to flipped his motorcycle on an offramp.
He was 19.
The day before, he didn’t plan on dying.
Here’s something else, even IF you’re don’t punch out early it will happen.
Death and taxes.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, 50 cent does know a thing or two about life or death situations.
They act like they’re not facing the same thing, but some day, everybody has to face a bullet with their name on it – 50 Cent (After being shot 9 times)
So what’s to lose? What happens if you go after everything you want?
It’s already gone.
Just remember, it’s all going to disappear, but a life spent living what you want to do? Can’t take that away from you, no matter how bad the economy gets.
So what kind of life is that? One that has you guarding the golden handcuffs you’ve bought yourself?
The high-pressure, unfulfilling job to pay for the expensive condo, the other meaningless stuff you’ve moved from ‘other people’ to ‘my stuff’?
What would you do if you had 6 months to live? 6 months, then fade to black.
Think honestly about what you would do differently tomorrow morning if you were 100% certain to die in six months?
What about 18 months?
Where are you willing to draw the line on moving toward a life worth having?
FYI: someone reading this has less than 18 months to live, they just don’t know it yet. Hopefully it isn’t you.
Live for what is real to you. Live for what truly matters to you.
Until next time,