If your life is perfect, stop reading. You don’t need this post. But if you’re like me, without a perfect life, read on.
This post is brought to you by the following:
- 2014 (which now, frighteningly, is half over),
- your friends and family (who yes, don’t see you enough, and yes, I’m included in that pile for my fab 13 – always!)
- and your doctor (who called you with sketchy, inconclusive test results that you’ve been ignoring for the past several weeks that you need to follow up on, but haven’t).
You. Are. Going. To. Die.
Super cheery for a Monday, right? Well, it is the Monday before a holiday. (I thought I would hit you with this subject during a holiday week, at least.)
Here’s my point: no one is going to get off this dirtball alive. If you’re doing something that absolutely knots you up inside on Sunday nights in preparation for another 80-hour week from Hades doing pointless work–why are you doing it? If you’re in a terrible, abusive or neglectful relationship with a significant other–why are you staying? If you’re drowning in a sea of bad choices and bad decisions–why are you continuing to make even more bad choices to keep yourself down in that deep, freezing ocean of despair?
The longer you wait, the more you put it off, the more you ignore it – the closer you are to death, and the further you are away from happiness.
If you can’t remember what makes you happy–what brings you magic and joy–do what Isaiah Hankel recommends in his new book, Black Hole Focus: take an inspiration inventory. Sit down with a cup of that coffee or tea you love, away from the cacophony of telephones and the internet and people interrupting you every 2 minutes, and think about all the things throughout your life that inspired you. Stuff that gave you joy. Stuff that made you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Even if it’s silly little stuff. Even if it doesn’t seem big. (Trust me, it is big. It’s the little things that truly make the biggest difference in life.)
I’ll let you go read the rest of Isaiah’s book to figure out what to do with that inventory once you have it–but just writing it down is a great first step. If nothing else, it will remind you that you do have joy in your life, you just need to dig it up, dust it off, and hold on to it a little more closely. TODAY. Not a minute or month or year from now.
Why be miserable? Life is short. Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” Are you ready to go now, if God forbid something happened, or are you assuming that you’re going to have next Monday, next month, and next May to live and maybe just maybe–THEN–you’ll get your stuff together…?
Ponder that this week for me, will you? I will…