You every think back to when you were a kid and the world was at your feet? You remember the times when you would stay up late with your friends and just simply dream about the future? The cool stuff you would be doing with your life, the relationships that you would have, the money, the cars, the house, and the trips. Knowing that all you have to do is work hard and keep trying and you will find a way to get there. With all the time you have ahead of you to accomplish those things and get what you want out of life seemed so reasonable. It seemed so attainable and easy.
As the years past by though, and you have some successes but a lot of failures. Those failures start to weigh a lot too. You feel the pressures of be it family, friends, or society directing you down a path of normality and security. Get a college degree, get a good paying job, buy a house, start a family. At times everything seems like your on the right path and you are working your way to accomplishing all you ever wanted. Sometimes, it feels like you couldn’t be further behind. Then suddenly one day, you realize you don’t have as much time as you once did. It’s the ever internal struggle of wanting to own the house and be parent, but also wanting to travel, explore and create experiences. Pursue your career further and make the millions you once dreamed about.
I want to talk about this because people sometimes get so busy and so entangled in their day to day that life carries them away. They just continue down the same path for a huge part of their life and don’t look up to see if they are going the right direction. When most people realize their life isn’t going in the direction they would like it to be, they feel it’s too late to change course. They feel stuck and that is a very depressing and hard place to be.
I read something the other day written by a women named Holly Butcher on her death bed. This has gone pretty viral on the internet so I am sure you already heard about it. To me though, the most important thing she said in that entire note was simply this:
“Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy”
I feel like we need to remind ourselves of this every single day. Yeah sure, you might have gone down the wrong path. Sure you might not be 15 any more but rather 30 or 40 or even 50. Sure, you have made some mistakes, most likely a lot of them. Understand though that this women on her death bed passing away at 27 years old understood first hand that life is fragile.
One of my favorite motivational speakers is Eddie Pinero. He has an amazing YouTube channel called Your World Within. Seriously check it out, it’s phenomenal. On one of his videos he also gives some wonderful advice complimenting what Holly has said too.
“In a universe where your existence essentially equates to a raindrop in a thunderstorm, what the hell is there to be afraid of”
You ever see this picture of the Milky Way galaxy before?
I feel like that helps give you so much perspective of life. To help you understand that you can truly just let go of things that do not matter in your life. Like in my favorite movie Fight Club when Brad Pitt is demanding Edward Norton to “Just let go”. It tells you that you do not have to put up these imaginary boundaries on what is possible in this world. Whatever doubts you have in life, whatever is holding you back from being happy, whatever you need to do to improve yourself, whatever you want to accomplish, whoever you want to become, just fucking do it! Literally give up all your damn excuses. All your reasons it can’t be done, all your heartache, all your failures. All the times people told you that you weren’t good enough and you believed them. Sit down with a pen and paper for 5 damn minutes and make a plan for your life and go out there and make it happen.
You’re not getting any younger.