“If they write a biography after you die, will anyone want to read this chapter?”
Every time I read that one line it stops me in my tracks (partially because I can’t read and walk at the same time. I have yet to master that...)
I really do wonder - Would anyone want to read this chapter? I know life isn’t living up to other’s expectations, but the point of it is to make you bring into reality what you’re currently doing.
Is it fulfilling?
Are you following your heart?
Do you wake-up each morning stoked for the day?
(That stuff doesn’t have to happen every day. I’ve had some shitty days myself. But it’s good if the great days outweigh the bad, preferably by a lot)
I wrote this article to help you realize and question - Would I even want to read this chapter of my life?
When it comes down to it we’re all writers of our life, some of us better than others. If you want to continue to improve, now is the time to continue creating and taking those risks. Practice makes perfect, right? (At least that’s what everyone says)
Our first pieces are often rough drafts: this holds true whether we’re writers trying to write the next great novel, musicians attempting to get that catchy tune or chefs flipping an omelet so it doesn’t crumble! Our first tries are usually, almost always, hideous and far from a masterpiece). We have to edit what we’ve created and sometimes throw out what we’ve done and start from scratch. You know! Those twists and turns in life, rerouting of the GPS, spontaneous adventures, and the quitting of the secure job on a whim (Although we know that crap has been simmering in your mind FOREVER. It’s just come to a boil.)
Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but don’t be afraid to begin again or make changes. When you realize you’re not where you would like to be in life, rewrite/edit. Otherwise, throw it all out and start from scratch. Remember that making your dreams come true takes time; your story is not written in a day. But without any work, you’ll end up with a very boring life and piece of “art” (or POS - Piece of Shit)
So if your life were a book, what would your book be called? What would your current chapter be titled?
Whatever it may be - if you don’t like it, just make those changes like I suggested and the wise people before us have done and even the ones after us. It works!
Another wise one.....
“If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy reading,
Or do things worth the writing.”
- Benjamin Franklin
Someone once asked me “what about people that want to live a quiet life?”
I think you can live a quiet life (Dr. Seuss was an introvert), but you should still live a life worth writing about.
What are you known for or what’s your impact? Are you helping people?
Surely you weren’t put on this earth to be ordinary! We all have something to offer. Even if it’s not changing the world with a huge movement, you can change the world by helping a single person, adding your 2 cents in, or whatever. Just DO SOMETHING and RE-DO if you need to.
REMEMBER - If you don’t like where you’re at in life, or headed, you have the ability to change it. Thinking about it doesn’t get you far, actually change your life.
So what was your reaction when you read that line at the top? Where are you in life?