Against the Grain

“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

I’m sitting outside on my porch. I’m trying to get some writing done, but it’s hot today and no breeze. I’m sweating like a pig wearing a turtleneck sweater. I contemplate taking a nap, but I know that’s just the heat talking. Today I feel both tired and wired. I must not have slept well. And yet the world spins on, whether I’m ready or not. I’ll have to try to go to bed early tonight.

When you have so many things you want to do, so many ideas you want to create, it’s almost like an overwhelming weight you carry if you think about too many things at ones.

Ambition will get you just as much as anything else. But it’s better to be ambitious than be complacent, right? Right?

Is it possible to enjoy the life you have while simultaneously want to improve it and build something better?

I think so. Wanting something better doesn’t mean you’re currently reality sucks. No matter how much you dislike your life, it could always be worse (knock on wood).

Going against the grain is uncomfortable. There I said it. It’s raw—like your mouth after eating too much candy. It’s exciting but also terrifying. It’s much easier to do what everyone else does and trade their dreams for their reality.

But no one said it would be easy. That’s where your creativity comes in. How can I make what I’m doing more unique and more enjoyable?

Man it’s got out here! Where’s the wind?

Going against the grain does not assure success. How many people do we know about who have made bold moves and failed epically?

But that also makes it exciting too, doesn’t it? The road less traveled makes all the difference. (I hope your right Robert Frost!)

Maybe even if we do fail, knowing that we tried and give it are all is enough. There’s value and insights that comes after failure, despite the pain.

I want to believe these words will make a difference for you. Perhaps you are on the brink of something good and new, or on the edge of giving up. What if you kept going? What if you just started without the parade and fanfare? What if regrouped and started fresh?

Because that’s who you are. Someone who keeps at it. Someone who goes against the grain, even if it rubs others, “friends”, the wrong way.

Alright, time to go inside. The summer bugs are starting to like me a little too much. I start packing up my things. The stack of books. The notebooks. My laptop and my long todo list. I’ll make some dinner, something Japanese-y tonight, I think. And then I’ll go for a walk and pick up where I left off before the sun sets.

Ultimate going against the grain isn’t about going against the grain at all—it’s about finding and following your calling. Or callings if you are crazy like me. Because you know you can and because no one else can do it like you can.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #990

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