Hey you… Watch this: A friendly reminder
How was that for a morning greeting!?!
Go ahead, watch it again, let it sink in. I dare you.
Yeah, you, me, in 100 years (just to be optimistic), we’re dead. Our buckets done been kicked, the farm will have been bought. Moved on to the great and wonderful Beyond. Here no more. Dust. Ghosts. Poof, pow, gone. How’s that make ya feel?
Hopefully, it’s not a total downer. Don’t let it be. Instead, use it as motivational fuel and tap into your Everyday, to live, to breath and to move in, and to the fullest, while you have life. Let it drive you to go after everything you dream, everything you desire to be because, you have nothing to lose, and because, you have everything to lose.
A few months ago I arrived at my dojo well before any students and went through my normal Thursday pre-class routine. First, of course, I switched my mind from work-mode to teaching / training mode by playing a few rounds of Tetris on my flip-phone. That’s right…flip-phone… Tetris… Anyway, after that, I sat in the observation area, thinking deeply about classes and writing, and all the other crazy dreams and goals hoppin’ around in my heart and head. I wasn’t quite in training / teaching mode yet, no, I was in full-on dream-questioning mode. Things weren’t going according to plan, so I was examining it all.
Can I really do this, I wondered. It’s all crazy, right? Is it even possible? Nothing’s happening…can’t seem to get anywhere… Should I keep going? Why should I continue? I mean, why?
I got quiet and I listened, and eventually, in the midst of that state where you’re partially awake and just entering the land of Nod, I heard, rather clearly, in a dry and droll tone, “You might as well try. You’re gonna die anyway.”
My eyes popped open. I laughed out loud, long and loud. Not sure if that was God or my own subconscious, or a combo of both, but I found those two sentences absolutely hilarious! Why? Because it was funny. It was freeing. It was straight to the point and eye-opening, and, it was sobering, because it was truth.
Why shouldn’t we pursue our dreams? Because of fear? Fear of what? Will any of that what kill you, make you dead? Probably not, but you are gonna die eventually. Is frustration or doubt enough to stop you? Can be, if you let them, but surely they’ve not the power to annihilate you and scatter your atoms to the four winds. Other obstacles, real or imagined? Yep, if you don’t find a way through or around them, they’ll definitely stop you, but guess what? Unless the obstacle in your path is a real, live, rampaging bull or hungry lion, or something else that will actually killify you, it probably ain’t gonna waste ya.
But you…you could waste yourself, your life, all by yourself, and it’s too easy to do…
What are your dreams? What’s been stopping you? Excuses? Bulls(hit)? Fake-ass lions? Even worse, total obliviousness or apathy? Whatever may be holding you back or keeping you down, please, please keep in mind this friendly reminder.
You might as well try.