Time is difficult to see in a long-term mindset.
We spend our time like its an infinite resource, meanwhile, a bus could hit us tomorrow and game over.
Worried about the future, we lose track of what’s in front of us.
Scared or ignorant of the past, we lose track of what matters to us.
Childhood, school, maybe college and grad school, career, marriage, house, kids, and retirement — that’s the broad picture we paint in America.
If you’re lucky, eat well and exercise, you live to the ripe old age of 90+ with your mind and body still working.
But how much time do you spend doing what you hate? How much time have you given to pursuing your dreams and building a life that means something?
Until I️ started my Renaissance journey, I️ was asleep. (And I’m not talking about the kind of sleep you do on a bed) I️ was asleep to what’s possible. I️ was asleep to the power of choice we all possess. I️ was asleep to the fact that everything that is made up around us was built by other humans, and once you realize that, you can change it. (Paraphrasing Steve Jobs here.)
We each need to decide,
What does living mean to you?
Anyone of us could get a crappy job, save up and fly to Australia and surf for a month.
Well, what about responsibilities?
Good or bad, responsibilities are choices made in the past.
Your life is a tapestry of choices. Some choices God or fate made for you. Others were made by the people in this world who came before you. But the decision you choose to make right now, they are up to you.
You choose to let your problems define you — or you choose to let them be an opportunity of defining your character and giving you a chance to share your story with others.
You choose to do work you hate — or practice coming up with ideas and building up skills to create a career that you love.
You choose to give into fear and do nothing — or try something, despite the fear and potential failure, and prove to yourself that you are confident enough to choose life.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” — Charles R. Swindoll