The problem with good quotes and sayings are that they almost always seem “corny” and dare I say “fake”. I am not 100% sure what the purpose of this blog is, but I have 2 things in mind.
1: I would like to inspire other people to live a slower life and a life where you decide what happens and when it happens on a daily basis.
2: I would like other like-minded people to inspire me in the way they live their lives on a day-to-day basis. I want substance behind the text , in the same way I hope to add “realness” to my writing.
There would be very little point in writing ‘fiction’ when it comes down to the actual job of living. And this I think is what a lot of us are doing at the moment (me included!) We live a fictional life, in our minds it sounds awesome but we hardly ever get further than the mental projection of what we hope and dream about. With my ramblings I hope to transfer my mind to paper (interweb:) and then somehow be inspired to take my “text” and make it real.
Back to the ‘corny’ quote. For the record, this is actually an original quote (unfortunately not mine, but I will take some credit because I was part of the discussion where it was born). This quote belongs to my best friend and long-suffering business partner. We are constantly making decisions about how we want to live our lives as individuals and as families and it was uttered in one of those long asynchronous gchat sessions.
I wish I can say I live by this quote 100%. Although I don’t fully yet, sometimes when this quote presents itself in the ‘real’ world I realize that opportunity is knocking (sometimes screaming and kicking me in the knee) and usually when I act on it, it leads to something, or opens another road less travelled which causes me to enjoy the ride. It might seem that I am a carefree techno hippie, but despite my so-called ‘enlightenment’, I worry and fret about the dumbest things I have no control over (Mostly money. Either the protection of the little I have, or how to get more so I can worry further about protecting it:)
Admittedly I am sometimes scared of inspiration, or more accurately the failure of said inspiration. How many times have we not acted on something because we just do not have the power to live with another failure. Maybe the inspiration was just an opportunity to enjoy the ride.
We are so competition driven that ‘inspiration’ has a difficult job in inspiring. I see this every day in my own life. I spend a lot of time in the ocean and as my surfing journey progresses I catch myself often looking at other surfers and being angry at myself for not being on the same skill level. Imagine this…I am in the water, the sun is setting, whales and dolphins swim les than 10m from me and I am angry because I am not as good as other surfers.
How many priceless opportunities do we miss because we are driven to succeed instead of driving with the top down, wind in our hair and being inspired by the joy of the ride.
This picture was taken this morning and this is how a Monday should start:)