“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”
I want you to ask yourself what you did today that you had never done before. How about yesterday? Or the day before that? It is natural behavior for humans to get into a groove of relentless cadence and it would be pure fabrication if I told you I wasn’t guilty of such action. Although, I will say that I believe I am better at “groove-less” living than most people on the planet.
Further down I will explain how you can improve your ability to make your life worth it. Some people believe that life on Earth is just a prelude to something vastly greater post death. I do not believe in such dreams. I believe we have one opportunity, one life, to accomplish everything we can achieve before we rot in the ground for all eternity. For me, it is blissful in knowing this because it gives me a purpose to try and experience everything feasibly possible in my lifetime… much like how a dying cancer patient might live their life knowing they have 1 month to live. If this method of thinking doesn’t jive with you, it’s okay, keep reading.
If it were possible to mark the days on a calender that you could consider “memorable” or you might label as a “new experience”, for all the days in your life… I wonder what percent of your life that would be. So if you lived to 75 years of age (27,375 days) and during your lifetime you had an arbitrary 1,000 days of new/memorable experiences, then that would mean only 3.6% of your lifetime is groove-less. And then you realize that 1/3 of your lifetime is spent sleeping if you get the recommended amount of sleep every night, 8 hours. I am sure some of you are thinking, “sheesh, I sleep at least 10 hours every night”.
Your ambition should be to live as groove-less as possible. It should NOT be to do well in the work force, to own a big house with a wonderful green backyard and white picket fence. If I were to inquire you to write your life story when you are 75 years of age, how many pages would your story be? And ultimately, would your autobiography be entertaining, eventful and exhilarating? Of course, all this is assuming you live to 75. For all anyone knows you could have an unknown disease right now that will rub you out next year.
More and more everyday I consider taking 6 months off and just start backpacking my way west, maybe make my way up to Canada and/or Alaska, or maybe head south to Mexico… who knows!? That’s the beauty of it. This sort of trip would be easier for me than some simply because I’m not married with children. That most definitely does NOT mean that you can’t do that if you are married with children. This is your life and you damn well better live it. He who sacrifices nothing, will get nothing. And that will be my inspirational quote of the day.
I have optimism that my words have inspired you to embark on a new life journey filled with Utopian achievement, ha, maybe I should have worded that better seeings how this is slow going for any mortal soul, including myself. Every week, NO MATTER WHAT, write down on a piece of paper something you would like to do that you have never done. Or write down a place you have never been, even if just local. Every week! If you don’t accomplish it, you can’t check it off! You could call it an ongoing bucket list. To add to this, minimally, you should have a big new-experience at a minimum of once a year. Something that doesn’t exactly take 1 day to fully experience. This could be anywhere from a vacation to a new state or new country. It could be a week long camping trip, skydiving, sailboating, skiing/snowboarding, build a car, ride dolphins, write a book, etc etc. If you don’t, what are you doing?
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