I wish to be inspired. So where does inspiration come from? Is it from some outside source? Is it a spoken or written word or deeds done that you happen to see that makes you want to go higher? Or is it something more personal? Something like wanting more than what you have for instance. I know there are some that are where they are, and where they are is alright by them. And for those folks that’s alright. Then there are some, like me, that have time to think while working whatever job we could land and wonder, “Is this all there is? Is this what I will be doing for the rest of my life? The same routine until the day I die?”
For those people (like me), I wonder where their inspiration will come from, if it ever comes at all. I’ve been to churches and heard great powerful sermons and as I am leaving I am convinced my time is now and that I’m going to take that great daring step. I’ve also had the opportunity to have been an event producer for a number of years and hosted many great motivational speakers who sent me on my way with the same feeling. I’ve listened to and read wonderful books on how to get from point A to point B and live the life of the few and or privileged.
I’m not saying that I want to drive Bentley’s and have a “small cottage” of 15,000 sq. ft. on the ocean, complete with mountain views, maids, butlers and so on (although that would be pretty cool!) But I am saying that I want complete and total control of my time and to do that I need to have complete and total control of how much money I make and how I dispense and invest it to my advantage. For myself, I no longer need a boat load of money to make this happen. That’s just my situation, lucky me.
So what is it? Why do some people have a tendency to go after something that will give them joy and satisfaction on a deeper level, one that comes from accomplishment? They look around at what they have achieved, or are achieving that is of importance to them and find a measure of satisfaction, success, peace of mind, call it whatever, but call it good. It might be trying to improve their world, business, performing community service, personal amusement or whatever. The thing is they are doing something that is important to them alone. Their success in my opinion is in not giving a shit what anyone else thinks about it and doing it solely because it works for them.
And on the other hand, why do some choose to pick up the yoke of servitude to an existence without flair or abundance? They tell themselves that they are lucky to have a job and that at least they can pay their bills and get to take five to fifteen days off a year (out of 365) to go someplace just down the road a couple hundred miles away and maybe get to have some fun, let their hair down and relax with just enough time to get back home and back to work? For those of you that I am pissing off, this is not for you. It is not my intent to minimize how we choose to make our way. I’m in the same boat, I just want to get out now and get on that other boat. The one going in the direction I want to go.
My heart goes out to you if you have shelved any and every dream or vision of the great life you could have, the one you saw yourself living when you were young and mighty. For myself, one of the reasons I am writing this is because recently I looked in that old hidden closet in my mind and found some of those old dreams. And I dusted them off and took a good look and lo and behold!, they still gleamed with the same intensity of years gone by. So at the tender age of closing in on my latter years, I have decided the time is now and to let them manifest into my life.
The good news is, no matter where you stand on this issue, it is not too late. You can still live your dreams, your vision, your purpose. You’re just going to be a little more tired getting there now that you have other obligations added by the intervening years. But the main thing is the main thing and the main thing is to live your life the way you want to live it and not the way someone else tells you to live it, whether through direction or employment or whatever.
Let me just say that in my humble opinion, if you have someone in your life that you have given the powers of authority and influence over you, and they are boo-hooing your dreams, goals, desires and vision – then you might want to revisit whether they deserve that power you have authorized them to have in influencing you. You know you. That doesn’t mean to disregard all you hear or take someone else’s perception or advice personally as an affront to your intentions. It just means you have to have an open mind when listening, but to also know who you are and what you are about as they dispense advice. If the two jive, great. If not then take what is of benefit (and there is always at least one nugget) and leave the rest, knowing that they don’t and cannot know your heart on the same level that you do.
For those of you who are right now as your read this feeling some righteous indignation of “the hell with you man,” well maybe this is for you for when you can get over your hurt pride. And it’s hurt because what I am saying is what you are thinking somewhere inside but are holding down. You’re holding down the right thing and lifting up the wrong thing friend. Hold down the day to day grind, that one where you try to convince yourself that you’re happy with, and lift up the thought, feeling and truth that you can do something greater, if only to or for your own self. Because when you own yourself you own everything in this world that you can control. I mean come on now, how cool is that?
And for those of you who are sitting there raring to go, let me tell you this: You can feel as mighty as the Great and Powerful Oz, but if you don’t get off your ass and on your feet, you’re not going to get any closer to that life you desire than a restless, uncomfortable feeling that something you could have or be is missing.
So as I go along, I am going to write some posts on what I am doing to get from point A to point B. These are not going to be big, “You need to change everything about your life right now and get with the program!” type of things. They are going to be nothing more than my thoughts and how I now process them into living the life of my vision and that very simply, is me owning me.
Look, the bottom line here is that I’m just a guy who has decided he has something to say.
You see, from my point of view the world is moving very fast toward a mob or hive mentality. And we are absolutely pummeled with that type of belief through what I shall refer to as the thought control processes constantly being developed and refined through all the various types of instant and traditional media. That if it’s sold to us in a such a way that we can digest it, then it’s all good, man. Screw that. It’s not. And I’m a little afraid for myself and for those yet to come for our very existence as individuals that we can have our own thoughts, feelings and beliefs. That if nothing else, we can agree to disagree and still live in peace. So for what it’s worth I have chosen to try and be a voice of reason in a world where individuality, reason, thought, desire, compassion, entrepreneurial spirit, adventure and achievement are sadly being overshadowed by a new mentality where everyone is a hero because they were born. Because not everybody is. And sometimes those we think are not, are.
I appreciate any and all comments, positive, negative or in between or even a hello and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks and I hope to see you checking in again.