Life is meant to be lived, it’s meant to be enjoyed and appreciated. It’s not supposed to be taken for granted, and it should never be wasted. It’s a gift, one that we should cherish every day. The best thing about life is that we control our own, and we should never forget that. We control it. So when things are sh*t, the responsibility lies with us, our mistakes, our shortcomings but that’s OK, everyday we have a new opportunity to change it. And when things are awesome, thanks to our own efforts, there’s no shame in silently (or not so silently!) basking in your achievements.
It’s easy to sit back and think about our dream job, our dream lifestyle, our dream girl/guy, then shake our heads and focus back on reality. That’s what 99% of the population do. It’s socially acceptable to drool over those fantasies but ‘understand’ that it will never happen. People tell us to be more realistic, this is the ‘real world’, focus on what you know. FORGET THAT…
“Our reality is what we make it.”
The dreams are there for us, they’re closer than we think BUT they’re not going to fall in our laps – we have to be proactive, decisive and go out and grab them. Forget about conformity, social pressure and expectations – live your life the way you want to. Ignore the haters, people may try to bring you down, they can scoff at the risks you are taking, point out the pitfalls you’re facing. What bigger risk is there than wasting your life on a path you don’t really want to be on – that’s the biggest pitfall of all.
We need to face our failures right now and understand what we need to do to change our path. Get back on the road you want to be on, no matter how risky it is. Banal conformity will give you moderate success, who wants moderate success? If I want 5/10 I’ll work for the bloody government, sort out a good pension scheme and make sure I’m in bed nice and early on Sunday night. But who want’s 5/10?! I want my 10/10, and if I don’t get it, I want to know I strived for that 10/10. I want to see the whole world, I want true friends in every continent, I want to live life at 100mph, I want to skydive, bungee jump, cage fight. I want to fall in love, I want to know pain to know real pleasure. I want the freedom to live my life the way I dream of. So I’m going to take it all. And I’m not going to feel guilty for it. Be inspired and then be inspirational.
START LIVING LIFE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH YOURSELF. Stop the envy, don’t be jealous, don’t be a chapter in someone else’s life, make them be a chapter in yours. This is your life, it’s big and it’s full of opportunities and I’m going to try to make the most of them all. I hope you do too. Happy Travels.