I don’t know how it happens but every so often in life I stray off the path and get a little lost. I lose the big picture and the priority of people who should mean the most. I basically lose my map on where to go from here.
Sure there are my own theories for these times of discombobulation but one has to ask, why? Am I running toward something or running away? What are my true fears in life; failing or being alone? Is there really something more to all this?
I guess I am just reaching for perspective and inspiration.
I sent this poem to a dear friend of mine. These immortal words were written by the ALS warrior, Jon Blais. I keep this poem in my wallet and read it whenever I need to center my thoughts.
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living,
I want to know what you paid for.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are,
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
For your dreams,
For the adventure of being a live.
I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still shout at the edges of a lake, river or mountain,
Yes, I am a warrior.
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have,
I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair,
Warry and bruised to the bone,
To do what needs to be done for someone you love,
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself,
And truly like the company you keep
In the empty moments of your life
And remember me,
It never ceases to amaze me how people confuse kindness and love for weakness. I guess nice guys do finish last but I didn’t know we were racing. George, you said it best.
“What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other.”
You need to be with people who get you. To be able to accept someone through faults, imperfections and quirky little peccadilloes with no thoughts of selfish gains is what life should be about. It’s tough to put your honest self out there and minuscule imperfections weigh heavy on people you care about. That’s a great sign to pack the car and head for better abodes. Life is too short for that.
See? Life is short and every time you think it’s hard or dull remember, there are people who see it end every single second of the day. I saw this video the other day and it brought me right back to Bosnia and other war experiences I have had. These images change you and they should. Good people in your life understand that and are sensitive to it. These images should invoke passion about ending violence or at least touch something in you other that chalking it up to a buzz-kill. Be with those who know and care where you have been. RIP Neda.
I guess this post was a little more self absorbed than I wanted it to be. There are times I believe we all stray and need to realign in both body and mind. I do believe that happiness is a choice but man, it’s choice that hides in the most odd places. Judas Priest said you don’t have to be old to be wise. I believe that and strive for it each day. Even on days when I need a nudge from the Blazeman.
This is how I choose to live my life.
- Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely.
- True strength is hard to quantify. It is invisible physically but it shows when it counts and everyone will see it.
- Ask for a shoulder and don’t hold back on giving one.
- Honesty is never regrettable. It is when people love you for someone who you are not. Be you. God made you and last time I checked He was perfect… or something like that.
- Tell people you love them. And do it often.
- Don’t dwell on what should have been, concentrate on what can be.
- Apathy sucks. Be passionate because it inspires.
- Run like you are not planning a return trip. Always look ahead.
- Don’t use those around you for gain unless you can give it back to them.
- Compassion is why we are alive. Truly, it is the only reason we are breathing right this very minute. So don’t hold back on giving it.
- Complacency, rejection and even major hurts happen. Don’t let it harden you and don’t let it weaken you. This too shall pass.
- Never drink milk before or after an intense cardio session. They lied. It does a body no good.
- Hold out your hand if you need to. Someone will grab it. I believe in that.
- Smile at people.
- It is true that there are few people that have your best interest in mind. That’s no reason to be a dick.
- Never be ashamed of being you and don’t feel sorry for yourself. Just try to do better each day.
- Call your parents. And if you can not, pray to them. They love you no matter where they are.
- Admit to being wrong and never hold back an apology.
Ok, that was a preachy list. But I felt I needed to write that. Life is a series of choices. Those are mine. Love ya.