Tuesday, May 15, 2012
So it may surprise you to know that today is my birthday. Yes the conductor of The Inspiration Engine is turning one year older. I like to think of it as turning one year better. Now to be honest, I don’t really pay too much attention to birthdays. It’s not that I don’t care about them; it’s just that to me, a lot of times, it seems repetitive and arbitrary. However, there is a certain value in reflecting on the past year and seeing if you’ve managed to improve, learn, better yourself, and continue to drive toward the goals of your life mission. So in that regard, birthdays are a great thing.
On a personal level I can say that I’m doing pretty well. Now I’d like to bitch about little things, stuff that irritates me, and stuff that continually hounds me even despite my best efforts to irradiate them from my life. And trust me, I’ve got some monsters. Well, such is life I suppose. But I’m not lacking for simple needs and compared to most of the world I’m doing pretty damn well. I can say there are some things I’ve tried over the last year that have not been very successful, although I’ve had a few successes to counteract the negative. And I like and need to focus on the positive, as most of you should too. Some of the most impressive and personally rewarding goals include finishing my thesis and graduating with a master’s degree, taking an acting class (which was hella fun), starting to play the saxophone, continuing to write on my novel, This Blog; actually the list goes on. To be clear, I’m not bragging. So why am I telling you this? Because your list should go on and on too.
I look at life like an unfinished book. Each day adds a page to a certain chapter. And I guess each birthday can mark a new chapter. Each chapter should be as full of detail and amazing experiences as possible. Now I know each page can’t be an adventure story, but it would be great if each chapter was. At the end of my life, I want to look back at my ‘book’ and see that it’s a gigantic story, written not just in one book, but volumes of books. You can’t get that kind of narrative from sitting on the couch and wishing for ‘what if’ or ‘if only’. So my birthday comes once a year and I reflect on what I’ve done and what I will be doing, not ‘what if’ I did something, or ‘if only’ I tried.
So, get out there and start writing your life’s story and make it a long adventure!
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
What keeps you going? How do you go on when you know it may never get any better than this?
Hope. As corny as that sounds, it’s true. It’s very rare that you find a person who’s life is absolutely nothing but despair, or total happiness. Life has a way of fluctuating and changing without you even lifting a finger to help it. But if you don’t even try to direct it on a course that you can live with, it will become oppressive. That attempt at driving your life forward can be hard, but it can also be rewarding.
Those clichés about ‘giving it your all’ or ‘never giving up’ and the like are clichés because people have used those thoughts and ideas to persist, strive, endure. The mere act of living through hard times is an act of perseverance. Now, I’m not talking about continuing on a path you know will lead to failure. I’m not suggesting that you take on an endeavor you know to be fool-hearty and just shlog through hoping it will all work out in the end. No, what I’m talking about is staying focused on your dreams, accepting your limitations, learning to deal with them and exploring new ways to achieve your goals.
Remember, life can and does change if you change the way you look at it. Striving for the ideal is motivational, comparing your success to the past is logical, and driving yourself to not give in to despair will help in your longevity. Perseverance isn’t just about not giving up, it’s about doing better with what you have, even if what you have is less than yesterday. Tomorrow can be better, you just have to give it your all.
You gotta believe you’re awesome to Be awesome.
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