Wednesday, May 12, 2010
We all have the ability to live extraordinary lives, and for each person that may mean a different thing. My life has been extraordinary by all measures of the word. I am doing the exciting things I love. I have everything I need. I am surrounded by supportive and loving friends and family. I am healthy...and most importantly I am happy. I didn't just end up at this glittery phase of being out of luck or chance however. It has been a long hard road, and continues to take effort and focus each day. You really do have to be in as much control of your thoughts and mental outlook as possible, but it seems that once you are, anything is possible. That is the exciting part of living!
Over the years I've come to terms with my downfalls, and realized that they are just self imposed judgements of my abilities or character. It never ceases to amaze me how much we judge ourselves, usually in comparison with others. We worry constantly what others will think. Allow me to let you in on a simple secret; people are generally too busy worrying about what everyone thinks of themselves to really judge you the way you presume they do. Think about it. Realizing this is one of the most liberating gifts we can give to ourselves. It has made a world of difference for me.
I feel we are all good and bad at different things. Its wise to know where your good foot stands, but also where the bad one likes to play occasionally. In the end, its all good, for life is made up of a string of moments and when that string gets to the end of the line you want to be able to look back at the great memories that you have created and be proud of who you are.
I watched a great documentary today about a gentleman who gave up his career as a doctor to raise his family of 9 children and a wife in an RV that was only 24' long. They traveled from place to place in North, Central and South America, living on the beach, surfing, eating natural foods, and enjoying each other's company. They had tons of challenges, and the children never went to traditional schools, but they made each challenge as fun and exciting as possible. The touching part came near the end of the film when at 85 years old, and still surfing everyday, he said: "I tell young people every day to go out into the world and make good memories. Everyday you should be making good memories, because someday we all have to die... and when you live well it makes dying a hell of a lot easier." There are no excuses for not living well my friends. Get out there and enjoy yourselves no matter what conditions your life has now... you can always make it a little better each day. Take Care, Jeremy