I’d like to share a revelation I had from a few days ago. A few days ago I realized that I was completely happy with my life. I was working in a job I enjoyed, around people I love and admire, making decent money. I had a beautiful, understanding and amazing wife with a kid equally as amazing. I live in an age where I can create anything I like at almost the ease to which I can think it up. I possess the equivalent of two college degrees and can easily remember 99% of what I’ve learned. I have a budding writing career that, while not successful in the monetary sense, nonetheless gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
I am living my life. My life is NOT being lived for me.
Overall, life is not hard. I would say that the complications people bring into their lives make it hard. For example, I find that the more dramatic people I bring into my life, the harder it gets to sift through the bullshit to the raw data of life. So, to remedy this, you get rid of those people. Quick, simple, and everyone’s happy. Well, everyone except those who get dropped from your life for being a drain on your sanity and resources. But, they’re not really people, so much as entities that need to be stopped.
Here’s the deal. Life does not care. Life will not care when you die. Live your life now, in the moment, this very one and give no care for the future. Believe me, it will take care of itself. If you’re in a shitty relationship, end it and salvage your life and your dignity. If you’re in a dead end job, get a better one or one with less responsibilities for the same pay (they do exist). Just start living your life according your own priorities, not what some commercial or job would have you believe they should be. Fuck everyone else.
Last night, someone said to me that things I say sometimes blur the lines. Well, the reasons for that is those lines don’t exist to me. These are YOUR lines, not mine. I live by a code of conduct that is very simple, and very easy to live by.
- Harm no one unless absolutely necessary, and if I have to, strike first and strike hard.
- Bend to no one’s will who has an argument inferior to my own.
- Prepare to die at any moment, thus leaving nothing unsaid or undone. If you dream it, do it. You have NO excuses. I would rather have a life of “oh well”, than a life of “what if”.
- When in doubt, err on the side of the fleshy and the aesthetic over the logical and rational. This makes sure that your experiences in life are rich and filled with their own value.
- There is no facet of life that can’t be made richer and more easily navigable by coffee and conversation.
- And the most important one; Never Stop Growing and Learning.
That’s it. Seriously. You have the resources of thousands of years at your disposal, no one has an excuse to be doing anything other than living their life by their own terms.
Love everyone who will accept your love. Ignore anyone otherwise. Write a book. Learn a language. Read a comic. Attend a seminar. Call your mother. Reach out to an old friend. Go out into the world and make new friends. Have a one-night stand. Say “fuck” a lot. When you hug someone, hold the hug for at least 10 seconds longer. When you make love, make love with your soul. Allow nothing positive in this life to escape your notice. Play a video game. Write Arrow fan fiction. Help someone you don’t know for no reason. Talk to a veteran. Start a website.
Do it NOW. Don’t wait. Life is not hard if you cut out the unessential to make room for the luminous.